At the time when everybody is in a hurry, and you have no time to pay heed to even your personal priorities, booking a ride may become an arduous task. It can become more tiring during peak hours in the metro cities and not to forget the festive seasons, that time of the year can give you real nightmares at times.
As per a report by the International Energy Association projected released in 2012, there will be around 1.7 billion cars on the road by 2035 and rest you can imagine.
So, to get rid of all these hassles, you can shift on to app-based car service, which will cater you equally with sedan, SUV, or taxi. Currently, many companies have jumped into ridesharing landscape, and therefore, it has tightened up the choices for the user to pick the best one, according to his convenience.
Not all ridesharing services are the same, some vouch on their ride safety, and some flaunt their ride services, and then there are some brands, which focus on the cost factor. Therefore, all in all, you need to know about all the rideshare apps that are presently functional in your region, coupled with their benefits.
To help you to make a better decision, we have come up with a roundup of top ridesharing apps that will make your ride easy.
Uber is the most popular ridesharing app that can be availed 24/7. With its reliability and popularity, Uber has increased its foot-steps in over 630 cities across the globe and has a pool of over 7 million drivers.
For user convenience, Uber offers multiple payment options like credit, Android Pay, PayPal, and cash in selected cities. Also, Uber pricing is competitive most of the time, and there are low-fare options a certain period during the day, which makes it a favorite pick.
How Uber works:
- Open the app and enter the location
- The app will match the nearest driver and will share the user’s location
- The user will get the driver’s picture, vehicle details, and live location
- Once the ride is completed, rate the driver and pay
Depending upon the user riding convenience, the following are three most prominent ride services:
- UberX: The most affordable individual option that allows the user to book the whole cab.
- UberBLACK: If it’s a special occasion and you don’t want to miss on anything, go with this option, as it will bring high-end vehicle at your doorstep.
- UberPOOL: As it sounds, the user can pool with other riders traveling in the same direction which ultimately brings down the fare to a considerable amount. The carpooling option provides a discounted option that is more useful for daily commuters.
Apart from this, Uber also offers, sedan (uberXL), SUV (UberSUV), inter-city cabs and vehicles that can adjust big group.
Considering ridership volume, Lyft is the second-largest carpooling service. Lyft has its presence in over 300 US cities like NY city, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more. The carpooling car service has its international presence also in cities like Ottawa and Toronto.
The range of vehicles that it offers is from mid-sized Lyft autos and larger Lyft Plus cars. And to make the commuters life easier, Lyft allows demand-based pricing during the peak hours and a carpooling service known as Lyft Line. The ride-sharing app offers the user to go for a self-driving car too.
For safety purposes, Lyft employs thorough background check-up of all the Lyft drivers, including DMV checks. After getting the license to be on the road, the drivers with the highest rating are only allowed. And on the top of it, Lyft also provides$1M liability insurance.
Gett was formerly known as GetTaxi and is an Israel-based rideshare app. Gett caters to over 100 cities across Europe, including London, Moscow, and Tel Aviv and in the US, it covers only New York through its partner company, Juno. Both these companies have chalked out plans to expand their services in other parts of the world too.
Due to its user base, Gett is being compared to car service like Uber and Lyft. It covers 120 global cities. Its edge over other similar services is because of the company’s pricing policies that don’t charge the customer more even during busy hours.
Also, Gett’s payment procedure to the drivers is somewhat different to what others comply. The ridesharing service pays competitively hourly wage to the drivers. And by doing this, whatever the company is able to save, it’s pass on to riders.
Gett goes by the idea of “if you treat drivers better, they will treat riders better.”
Juno is relatively new to the industry and focuses on to ease the burden of its drivers. Right from compensation to working hours, the company takes care of it all. As compared to Uber, Juno only charges 10 percent of commission from the drivers, whereas, Uber charges 30 percent.
Going by Gett’s footsteps, Juno also focuses on driver’s convenience and follows “After all, a happy driver means a happy rider.”
Juno was kick-started by Talmon Marco in 2016 and came under the hood of Gett in 2017. Being jumping into this, Talmon Marco owned Viber app and then sold it for around $1 billion. In 2016, the company started its fleet service in New York. Presently, the company has about 30,000 active drivers in New York City.
The ride-sharing company is not behind in customer service either; Juno offers three options to pick from.
Once the user is ready to book the cab, Juno pops up with an estimated fare, ETA, and connect the user with the nearest cab. As per the ridesharing app claims, the estimated time for the cab arrival is less than 4 minutes. Juno accepts payments from credit card and Android Pay.
Curb ridesharing service function same as any other similar service, but the option to book the cab in advance gives it an edge over others. Yes, with Curb, the user can schedule pickups for the next 24 hours in limited cities for a fee of $2. On top of that, it never adds the surged price in the final bill.
Curb was acquired by Verifone Systems, a company that deals in providing technology for electronic payment transactions and value-added services. The ride-sharing service has over 50,000 fleets of taxis in 65 US cities like New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, and more.
Curb Ride Options
- Ride Now: Request a taxi for immediate pickup
- Ride Later: Reserve a taxi up to 24 hours in advance
- Pair & Pay: Use the app to pay for rides
Additionally, the passenger has the comfort of backseat monitor for entertainment and running tally of the fare. With it, the passenger can even look out for near-by restaurant and reserve the tables accordingly.
The peer-to-peer transportation network company started-off with transportation service from airports and later moved on to ridesharing service in other parts of the cities as well. As of now, Wingz has its reach in 16 metro areas and 22 airports.
Going one step further, the ridesharing app lets the passenger book a ride from the airport up to two months in advance and to be a trustworthy company, Wingz doesn’t apply any hidden fee or surcharges.
Moreover, the passenger can pick the driver of his own choice and going forward; the company promises to cut down on fares which makes it less expensive than a taxi or limo.
Ridesharing and carpooling
Via is the first ridesharing service under this list. The company was co-founded by Daniel Ramot, a Stanford neuroscience Ph.D. and with all his intelligence, Daniel added a “logistics engine” that try to fill all seats of the cars that are headed toward popular destinations.
The ridesharing service doesn’t cover all the areas of the cities; it has its own set routes, and once the passenger set his destination, Via tries to drop the passenger at the nearest drop location.
To make up for its route pattern, Via operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is present in Chicago, New York, and Washington.
To tap more user base in New York, Via has partnered with Curb to offer carpooling service in yellow cabs, which significantly brings down the fare and reduces car emission as well.
Bridj is an on-demand public transport, which was started in Boston. The ride-sharing app was floated by Gabe Klein, the Chicago, and Washington, D.C. transportation department head. Later in October 2017, it was acquired by Australia-based Transit System.
It engages a technology that clubs all the travelers who are headed for the same journey path. And this helps in reducing the travel time of all the passengers. The cost of the one-way journey is around $3.10, which makes it an affordable pick.
Interestingly, unlike all other ridesharing services, Bridj operates a fleet of 14-seat luxury shuttles with Wi-Fi and leather seating. Due to its comfort and all the facilities like access to onboard WiFi, the Bridj buses are usually compared Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Arro is an on-demand transportation service, that can be availed to travel to various places in cities. It has a database of around 20,000 licensed taxis and is available in cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and more.
Unlike many other ride-hailing apps, Arro doesn’t charge the surge pricing and is based on taxi meters. And for pickup requests, the driver is informed through dedicated data terminals rather than drivers’ smartphones.
For payment, the passenger can pay using a card or any other payment method that is being added earlier. And if the passenger is in the US and London, and has boarded a taxi that isn’t booked through its app, there is still an option to pay through the set payment methods. The passenger needs to select the “I’M ALREADY IN A TAXI” option and follow the rest instructions.
Flywheel is an on-demand taxi service that is based in Redwood City. It runs on the same principles as that of Arro, but one thing that takes it apart is the “TaxiOS” meters that replaces taxi meters. TaxiOS is a smartphone-based system for managing payments and pickup requests by drivers.
Currently, the ride sharing app is available in San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, LA, Sacramento, and San Diego.
In place of surge pricing, the ride-hailing app offers the passenger to offers tips as incentives, which balances the terms between the passenger and the driver.
In The End
So, these were the best ride-sharing apps that one can avail while moving from one place to another. All these services are not available everywhere and mostly; the US is being covered. If you are trying to experience with any of these ride-sharing services, first ensure that the service is available in your area.
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