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SideCar won’t let a small matter like Austin laws stop its SXSW business

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When drivers for SideCar get busted in Austin, they’ll be the ones stuck with the fines, not the VC-backed startup. How’s that for sharing?

— Jason Clampet

SideCar and Lyft, two competing apps that allow citizens to offer rides in exchange for donations, will both be out in force at South By Southwest Interactive in Austin this year — even though local regulators have said that ride sharing apps are illegal in Austin.

But while SideCar will be taking payments and arranging car pools, Lyft will be doing something else: piggyback rides.

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