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When Uber and Lyft left Austin, Texas, last year in protest of the city’s requirement to fingerprint drivers, no fewer than six ride-hailing companies saw an opportunity to operate in the city.
But with the South By Southwest festival underway in Austin, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors, the new ride-sharing apps are being tested by the surge in demand. Audrey McGlinchy (@AKMcGlinchy) of Here & Now contributor KUT reports.
This segment aired on March 15, 2017.
- How Austin Ride-Hailing Apps Stumbled onto the SXSW Stage
- Uber, Lyft Suspend Service In Austin After City Votes In Favor Of Regulations
- In Austin, Adjusting To Life Without Ride-Hailing Companies Uber And Lyft
- To Make A Living, Some Uber Drivers Sleep In Their Cars