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Spain's Tense Embrace of Sharing Economy Leaves Torched Cars

  • Cars burned near Seville show tensions over Cabify’s services
  • Cab drivers see ride-hailing apps as direct competition

In a sign of the tensions stirred by Spain’s embrace of the so-called sharing economy, cars were set ablaze near Seville this month.

Nine drivers for the ride-hailing service Cabify had their vehicles torched at the start of May after pitching up in the Andalusian city to seek custom at its spring festival. Car2go, a car-sharing fleet in Madrid owned by Daimler AG, has suffered attacks on 70 of its cars over the last 18 months. And Spanish “taxistas” went on strike Tuesday in protest at competitors whom they say mimic their service without forking out for a cab license that in Madrid can cost as much as 130,000 euros ($145,496).