By Casey Newton : theverge – excerpt
Lyft launches a new way to share your ride with strangers, and Uber follows
Carpooling, that time-honored technique for making sure the kids get to soccer practice, is making a comeback in Silicon Valley. Lyft, the fast-growing ridesharing startup, is introducing a new service today to match you with one or more passengers heading in the same direction. The main benefit: a fare that the company says is up to 60 percent less than normal.
Lyft Line will show you your fare up front, and let you pay the smaller amount even if the company fails to match you with another person. The company says it’s part of an effort to make on-demand rides a viable alternative to car ownership and public transportation. In developing Line, the company noted that 90 percent of Lyft trips see someone taking the same trip within five minutes. “What we can do with that is build a whole new type of public transit,” co-founder Logan Green told reporters this week… (more)
Who needs an app to carpool? Next they will need an app to hitch-hike. All we needed was a thumb.