Online car-ride services are taking a lesson from a tried and true form of transportation - CARPOOLING. Uber and Lyft have announced a new way to get around. They have different names for it, but basically it's ridesharing.
Lyft calls their new service LyftLine. UBER's calling their new carpool-like service Uberpool! Both are being tested in San Francisco right now with an eye toward very quick expansion.
The idea is to create carpools and cut cost for riders. Uber will let people share a ride a ride and split the cost.Lyft's idea is to pick up people heading in the same direction.
Sydney Mitchell is 19. She just moved here from Atlanta to go to college Like many of her friends she depends a lot of Uber and likes the idea of cost-sharing.
Says Mitchell, “I think it's a good idea as long as it doesn't take much longer, as long as it doesn't affect the time because that's what I like about UBER … it's quick. So, I don't mind riding with other people if its going to save me money as long as it's not going to take too much longer to get there.”
Victor Godoy is married, has two kids, one car and an app for Uber. He's not quite so willing to jump in a car with others. He says, “I wouldn't be too comfortable with that idea (Hal: It would cut your cost) It would, but I wouldn't mind spending the extra couple dollars. I am paying less than what I'm paying for taxi services. Uber and LYFT, their rates are cheaper than with a taxi service.”
It's not clear when the new ride-sharing/cost-sharing services will come to LA.