What if checking into a hotel were as easy as picking up a rental car? Preferred customers now swipe their credit cards in the van on the way to the rental car lot. “I get off the shuttle bus in front of my car, which has the engine running and the air conditioner on,” says John Harker, director of hospitality and gaming for Symbol Technologies, Holtsville, N.Y. “I get into it and drive away.” If Symbol has anything to say about it, guests will soon be able to check into a Starwood Hotels ...

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