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My wild ride through the new on-demand economy

Some French guy has my car. He seemed nice enough—a little sweaty from walking up the hill to my house, but I’ve got faux-leather seats that are easy to wipe clean.

I’m renting it to him for $27 a day through RelayRides, a company that facilitated my transition from “dude with a car” to “competitor with Hertz.” The French guy visited me a day early on a practice walk to make sure he could find my place, which is tucked away up a bunch of steep, winding roads. When I saw his sweaty face, I just gave him the keys to my yellow Mini Cooper convertible instead of having him hike back the next day. He returned the car …


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