These days ride sharing services like Uber and car sharing services like Car2Go are getting a lot of headlines. They’re giving taxi drivers road rage and worrying executives at car companies. And for good reason—these services disrupt both traditional car ownership models and the way people travel locally.
Below we share a few great ride sharing apps to enhance the experience as well as uncover some possible alternatives to get you from point A to B with the help of your phone!
P.S. This parody of the movie Drive offers an 'Uber' funny take on ride sharing.
They're now putting the same interface and community-based mapping to use for ride sharing. The pilot program is currently limited to the San Francisco Bay area. However, the service might add another contender to the ride share market soon.
Ride sharing and car sharing are both touted as affordable alternatives to vehicle ownership. If you live in a rural area, this might seem crazy. But it turns out if you’re living in a major metropolitan area, it might work you! This article from Money Crashers breaks down costs in two cities. Take a look at how things might pan out for you without having to spend a month riding with strangers.
Even if you’re not a daily ride share user, you’ve probably heard of Uber and Lyft. These days they’re locked in a major price war. One service almost always offering discounts to lure riders to their drivers. Fare E$timate is a handy site that compares current rates from both services.
You might question the safety of a sketchy cab driver or Lyft driver before jumping into the car. But did you consider the information your mobile is giving away while you cruise across town?
Quartz recently covered an interesting interview from NPR on Uber's tracking habits. There's also this 2014 story from VentureBeat about Uber’s Android app permissions. Concerned about your privacy? Sticking to public transit or booking using your computer might be a better option.
Most ride sharing services pair random riders with random drivers. Hitch-A-Ride uses social media to help you find rides with family and friends nearby. For those new to ride sharing, this offers an alternative to hopping into an anonymous Prius after a night out.
Group features are also available to help organize workplace carpools. However, one of the most interesting options offered is the ability to barter for fare. Don’t have the cash for a ride? How about giving the driver pizza instead?
While it lacks the door-to-door service of ride sharing, public transit often beats walking. If you’re looking for the fastest or cheapest route to your destination, Transit is the app for you.
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