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California Clamping Down on Rental Car GPS Abuses

California is expected to enact a law next month which will prohibit car rental companies from using the GPS units installed in some of their u-drive-its to enforce restrictions -­ such as speeding and no-out-of-state driving - in their rental agreements.

Even the big car rental companies like Hertz, Avis/Budget, Enterprise, and Alamo/National are supporting the bill, along with consumer groups, the California attorney general and the ACLU.

The legislation came about as a result, naturally, of abuses of GPS installations by some rental outfits. These renegades were using the technology to track cars straying out of California to relatively nearby Nevada gambling and tourist centers Reno and Las Vegas. They also were measuring excessive speed by comparing successive GPS locations against the clock.

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