“Real people driving real people.” The motto of a recently new business in the ride-sharing industry. Similar to Uber, lyft is a taxi-alternative, privately owned company, based out of major US cities. There is one big difference between Lyft and Uber: Lyft’s drivers are regular community members driving their own cars. Lyft is no different from calling a friend and asking for a ride, except the person giving you a ride is a stranger who you are paying. The company is app-based with a simple three-step process. 1) Request a ride, 2) Get picked up, 3) Get there fast. There is another interesting factor to Lyft, and that is the additional option of riding with another passenger going the same way for a reduced price. Much like sharing a taxi with a stranger, Lyft brings ride sharing to a new level.
Concerns have been raised, and of course with those concerns come problems and lawsuits. Many people find grey area’s in Lyft’s regulation, “Although ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft don’t see much need for regulation, and some regulators say the services are violating current law, the disputes indicate that a powerful market is emerging where no one is quite sure what the rules are. Court cases like the one the district attorneys filed in LA could help define them, and legislators probably will face increasing pressure to provide clarification of their own”.
Lyft, Uber, and SideCar share commonalities between companies. All private, all apps, all new innovative ways of public transportation. Personally, I find Lyft a little too personal. It leaves drivers and the company very liable and susceptible to problems. I don’t like seeing the drivers personal items all over the car, if I wanted to get a ride from a friend I would ask one. Uber provides a comfortable experience with the added promise of reliability and just the right amount of professionalism that Lyft lacks.