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Compared to the shopworn insides of so many city cabs, Bria Schecker’s car-for-hire is an urban oasis.
Her 2010 Honda CR-V is showroom-clean and her enthusiasm would put a Walmart greeter to shame. When one passenger, Hunter Perry, climbed into the front seat on a recent muggy night, he got a fist bump from Schecker, a chilled Nantucket Nectars fruit drink, and his choice of music from a windshield-mounted iPhone 5. By the end of the ride they were exchanging e-mails and later found each other on LinkedIn.
“It’s like hopping in a car with your friends,” said the 26-year-old Schecker.
She is among a new breed of drivers who provide taxi-like service using their private vehicles, through so-called ride-sharing services such as Lyft and Sidecar.