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With the emergence of the “sharing economy” where web and smartphone-based tools allow individuals to share goods and property, some tools have morphed into commercial enterprises. In many major U.S. cities, commercial ride-sharing services, offered by transportation network companies such as UberX, Lyft and Sidecar, have taken the shared expense carpool concept and match riders with drivers. These services have become a popular alternative to taxis as consumers use smartphone apps to quickly and easily connect with drivers who will take them to their destinations. The drivers receive payment through a portion of each fare.

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