Biometric screening is expanding to the rental car industry. Hertz said Tuesday it is teaming up with Clear, the maker of biometric screening kiosks found at many airports, in an effort to slash the time it takes to pick up a rental car. Clear hopes it will lead more travelers to its platform, which has 3 million members in the U.S. It's the latest place consumers will find biometric technology, which has migrated over the last 50 years from secure government facilities and banks to airports, stadiums and even smartphones that unlock with the touch a fingerprint. Hertz is the first rental car company to use the technology. Improvements in cameras and other technology have made it cheaper to install scanners that can read fingerprints, faces, and irises. More than 100 airports worldwide use biometric readers from Clear, Vision-Box and other companies to scan passengers. Walt Disney World verifies visitors' identity by scanning fingerprints. And the advancements will likely keep coming. … [Read more...] about Hertz, Clear partner to speed rentals with biometric scans
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Research into the electric scooter business quickly turned up a piece by technology columnist Troy Dreier, writing for the Jersey Journal newspaper in New Jersey. He wrote how surprised he was to see “litter on the street” over the Thanksgiving weekend when he visited his Midwestern hometown, which he remembered as “a pretty tidy town.” He was writing about all the electric scooters he saw littering downtown St. Paul. Yes, even unfashionable St. Paul had a scooter blight problem. “Nobody washes a rental car” is an old truism you have maybe heard, and it’s apparently true that there’s also not enough incentive to see to it that a rental scooter gets parked out of the way. Scooters just left the region at the end of the scootering season, but they are clearly coming back in the spring, maybe just weeks before another nuisance, the mosquitoes, make their reappearance. Maybe it’s time to make our peace with scooters. We don’t have … [Read more...] about Scooter blight is a feature, not a bug, of startups’ business model
Antonia Noori Farzan, The Washington Post Published 5:00 am PST, Wednesday, December 5, 2018 7 Turtles nesting at Ostional Beach in Costa Rica. 7 Turtles nesting at Ostional Beach in Costa Rica. Photo: Sean Norton Photo: Sean Norton Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 7 Turtles nesting at Ostional Beach in Costa Rica. 7 Turtles nesting at Ostional Beach in Costa Rica. Photo: Sean Norton Florida woman who failed to return home after her Costa Rican birthday trip is confirmed dead 1 / 1 Back to Gallery One of the last photographs taken of Carla Stefaniak in Costa Rica shows the 36-year-old Florida woman wearing a white spa robe and dark sunglasses, her hair loose and slightly … [Read more...] about Florida woman who failed to return home after her Costa Rican birthday trip is confirmed dead
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Supported by ByShivani Vora Nov. 12, 2018 Perry Morgan, a sales representative from Ocala, Fla., said the part of a recent business trip to Oakland, Calif., he dreaded most was lugging four heavy suitcases on a shuttle bus back and forth from the airport terminal to the car rental center. Not only that, he also expected that he would have to allot at least an extra half-hour on his return journey to drop off the car to Avis, the rental agent. But the Avis employee who helped Mr. Morgan when he arrived in Oakland told him about the company’s new curbside delivery program, introduced in September, available to customers returning their rentals. For an extra $25, Mr. Morgan could drive the car to the Avis lot as usual, but instead of unloading his bags and taking a shuttle bus, he could hop in the passenger seat and an Avis … [Read more...] about In the Race to Catch a Flight, Smoothing a Big Bump: The Rental-Car Return
By Christopher Elliott, King Features Syndicate, Inc. | PUBLISHED: November 11, 2018 at 9:00 am | UPDATED: November 12, 2018 at 3:19 am Dear Travel Troubleshooter: I need your help with a Priceline car cancellation. Earlier this year, I logged on to AutoSlash.com to find a rental car. I have used AutoSlash several times in the past. When AutoSlash accepts your reservation, the site tries to find a better rate. Then it cancels your first reservation and books the less expensive one. I received my first reservation through Priceline. I assumed that AutoSlash had an agreement with Priceline, where the process would be the same — make a reservation, then cancel. So I thought I had signed up with AutoSlash for a temporary contract through Priceline. But I hadn’t. When I called Priceline and asked to cancel the reservation, a representative refused. A representative said my reservation was “noncancellable and nonrefundable.” I then exchanged several emails with … [Read more...] about Travel Troubleshooter: After a Priceline car cancellation, don’t I deserve a refund?