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Takeout delivery firm answers craving

The SmartCars are tiny, two-door vehicles with just enough space on their hoods and doors to squeeze in advertisements from partner restaurants. Today, the company contracts with about 500 restaurants and 100 couriers in five East Coast cities.
The SmartCars are tiny, two-door vehicles with just enough space on their hoods and doors to squeeze in advertisements from partner restaurants. Today, the company contracts with about 500 restaurants and 100 couriers in five East Coast cities.Credit: Dashed

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Imagine a rainy Friday night when you’ve got a big craving for a burrito from Anna’s Taqueria but little motivation to leave your apartment. You might be out of luck, since Anna’s doesn’t usually deliver, except that a freelance driver is available to ferry the tortilla-wrapped tube of deliciousness straight to your door in one of 12 new rental cars being rolled out by a third-party delivery company called Dashed.

The new Boston fleet, which will be complete when the final six vehicles hit the road this weekend, is an attempt by Dashed to create a Zipcar-like business for takeout delivery drivers. For $15, anyone in the company’s approved pool of couriers can book a car for an eight-hour shift.

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