Do you need a trip to the airport, home from a party or elsewhere? You may call a route sharing app – even and maybe more precisely known as search-app search. The most famous of these are by far Uber, but there are countless rivals that work in the same basic way: Open a smartphone app and call a driver to pick you up and drive you to your destination. Think of it as 21st century, smartphone-enabled successor to taxi.
These apps serve a special role in the new mobility landscape. They differ from, for example, sharing services, where you rent a car to drive yourself for a short period of time (think Zipcar or), and they also differ from where you sign up for a flexible type of car rental. These ride services are specially designed for anyone to drive you.
Intermediary services are probably not an economic choice if you want to commute a long way to work every day. But for other trips where driving is not meaningful, these programs can be very helpful. Here's our guide to what you need to know about the major players in the space.
Without doubt, the most famous – and due to severalperhaps the most infamous riding app, Uber began in 2010. From November 2018, the company says that has provided 4 billion travel worldwide, with Uber operating in more than 600 cities in over 65 countries; Uber travel of 15 million claimed to be completed every day.
Uber allows users to select their destination on the company's smartphone app and request a ride; Nearby drivers can then choose to come and retrieve the user. Uber also allows planning a trip in advance, or saving costs by carpooling with others by selecting the Uberpool option. Prices may rise when many people use Uber – for example during rush hour or bad weather – and are reflected by so-called surplus prices. A later addition,as for $ 14.99 per month (or $ 24.99 / month in Los Angeles) ensures users get low prices even in periods of high demand.
Uber also drives several other ways of enterprise growth. The company tested self-propelled vehicles, but ended for an autonomous prototype. The company and acquired the previous and believes that these modes of transport . In the long term, Uber has also suggested that he wants to develop .
Lift is perhaps the second most famous contest service after Uber. It started in 2012 and, in September 2018, said users had completed 1 billion rides, with 10 million rides each week. Lift is available in all 50 US states as well as Ontario, Canada. Lift users use a smartphone app to select their destination and request a driver's run. Riders can also save money by sharing rides with other lift users. The company calls this Shared Rides.
Lyft has recently tested different price strategies. For example, Lyft offered awhich costs $ 299 a month and has tried campaigns to encourage users to stop using their cars for the benefit of the app. The company also has a which would give members free tours to and from car dealerships.
Like Uber, Lyft has explored other mobility leaders: electric scooters,and even .