Technology Lyft unifies transportation options inside its app
Lyft Now Tells You the Fastest (and Cheapest) Transit Option for Your Trip
The app will now let you know the best way to get to where you’re going, whether that’s by car, bike, scooter, or public transportation.If biking is quicker and cheaper than taking a car, Lyft will let you know.
Lyft is counteringby making it easier to find every transportation option inside its app -- including the ones that won't give the company a dime. It's updates that unify transportation searches, whether it's , , rideshares, or mass transit. The standard search now displays every choice within view rather than defaulting to ridesharing, and lets you compare options once you've set a destination. Tabs let you narrow the searches if you're only interested in one option.
The changes should take effect over the "next few weeks."
Lyft co-founder John Zimmer pitched this as a reflection of the company's view that future cities will be "centered around people, not cars." However, this is arguably more about boosting exposure to Lyft's various services than anything else. You may be more likely to take a scooter if you realize that it's not much slower than a car, or choose a bike if it's right near the subway stop. Whatever Lyft loses to mass transit it might gain through more overall customers., ,
VTC: Lyft raises more than half a billion, KKR round table
The American giant with pink mustaches (see photo), Uber's competitor on the market for passenger transport on demand, is taking over advantage, it seems. At least the platform for connecting passengers and cars with driversa fresh capital raising, not least, investors this summer, said he had completed a new round of some 600 million dollars (566 million euros), please, which among others participated the giant American private equity firm KKR. An investment that makes sense in the recent creation of . It was worth the wait.
Autonomous Car Projects
Such a sum shouldAnyway, the leader of the VTC announced last June a valuation to 62.5 billion, following a fundraising of $ 3.5 billion. In other words, the road may seem long, for Lyft, before considering doubling its competitor. However, between - as Lyft is part of the closed club of unlisted startups but whose valuation exceeds one billion dollars. This is two billion more than . At the time, Lyft raised $ 500 million from Chinese giant Alibaba and General Motors, the largest US auto group, with which it also signed a contract to develop a network of self-driving transport vehicles. The automaker has announced a plan consisting of a fleet of a thousand autonomous cars, for a test that will begin in 2018, according to . None of its competitors has planned tests of this magnitude before 2020. What allow Lyft - including , is also a shareholder - in . So much so that Uber would not be so advanced as one might think.
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Lyft's new monthly subscription is cheaper, but has fewer perks .
Last year, Lyft tried to get users to pay $299 per month for its All-Access Plan. That included 30 "free" monthly trips (as long as they were under $15), but people were, understandably, shocked by the price tag. Now, Lyft is trying a new approach. It's Lyft Pink membership offers a 15 percent discount on all car rides, and it's just $19.99 per month, less than 10 percent of the monthly All-Access fee. Lyft Pink comes with a few other perks, like three "free" 30-minute bike or scooter rides per month (in select markets), three free trip cancelations, priority airport pickup and waived lost-and-found fees.
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