Aug, 27 2012

For frequent travelers or city dwellers, you know that hopping in a cab and moving from destination to destination can rack up quite a toll on your finances. Thankfully, there are new services that look to improve upon this experience, saving your wallet whenever visiting, or simply traveling through the city.

Brought to from the guys at Zimride who introduced social ride sharing to the world, Lyft is an all new service brings easy to find, on-demand drivers to you, via the push of a button. But unlike Uber’s suited up drivers who pick you up in black town cars and charge a flat rate of $40, Lyft drivers are just everyday folk (who passed extensive background checks) and will take you wherever you wanna go, for a suggested donation (typically 80% less than cab fare). Because both drivers and passengers are rated by each other, donate poorly and chances are you’ll have a tough time finding another Lyft driver in the future.

Lyft launched as a beta around 2 months ago and since then, it’s grown to more than 100 drivers (with plans to offer 200) offering easy lifts around the city of San Francisco for a fraction of the price you’d pay with Ubers or cabs. For Android users, the official app will finally be available tomorrow, August 28th, adding gobs of new users into the fold. Let’s hope with the thousands of new Android users comes even more success, bringing Lyft to more cities around the US. Would any of our readers be interested in trying out Lyft or better yet, becoming a Lyft driver?

[TechCrunch]