Do you ever wonder what Uber and Lyft will be doing next? The ridesharing giants are constantly innovating and shaking up the industry with new features and options for users. Take a peek into the future and check out our round-up of the apps’ latest plans.
Uber and Lyft are debuting a new pick-up service at airports.
If you’ve ever requested an Uber at an airport, you know how hectic and stressful the experience can be. To make it easier, the ridesharing companies are piloting a PIN feature that provides riders with a one-time numerical code. Riders provide their code to the first available driver, who then plugs it into their app to access drop-off details. This serves to make the pick-up process faster and reduce traffic congestion.
Uber Copter is bringing on-demand helicopter rides to New York City.
That’s right — you’ll soon be able to beat NYC traffic and fly around the city via Uber Copter. For $200 a pop, travelers will have the chance to get from Lower Manhattan to JFK airport in less than 10 minutes. Plus, the trip includes car service to and from the helipad. There’s a catch, though: this new service is reserved for Platinum and Diamond members of the Uber Rewards program, so only the app’s most prolific users will have access for now.
Uber is working towards using self-driving cars.
Uber recently received a billion-dollar investment for its driverless cars initiative, which is expected to become an important part of its platform over time. The company is currently testing these self-driving vehicles, although they admit it may be a while before they’re approved for the road. These autonomous vehicles have the potential to increase safety on roads and make transportation more affordable, so it will be well worth the wait.
Lyft is bringing its shared scooter service to California.
The company’s e-scooters, called Lyft Scooters, made their California debut this month. For a dollar, users can reserve one ahead of time or use the Lyft app to scan and secure a nearby scooter. After that, it only costs 15 cents per minute to ride. The best part? Lyft is offering unlimited free 30-minute scooter rides to qualifying low-income San Jose residents.
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