You may have already seen a Lyft driver without knowing it. If not, you will. One day you'll be on your way to the grocery store, and a car will pass you. That car will be wearing a funny pink mustache. And someone will be getting a ride.
Lyft is a ride-sharing program that draws from a community of drivers who have passed background checks and personality screenings. Once you make your account, simply set your pickup location in the app and request a ride. You will be picked up by a Lyft driver in their personal vehicle, they'll take you to the store or the movies, and you pay them via a donation. Current the company runs in a limited number of cities, though it is expanding every month.
Lyft is currently available in these cities:
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
Silicon Valley, CA
St. Paul, MN
Denver, Dallas, and Silicon Valley are the latest editions.
The company's iOS app makes getting a ride quick and easy. Using GPS, it shows you how many drivers are in your area and allows you to quickly give them your location. The Lyft app then gives you a suggested donated amount to pay the driver. In my experience in Atlanta, the drivers have always been clean, fun to ride with, and quick to respond.
This past week, the app was updated with a number of new features that are sure to please regular users. Lyft now supports multiple credit cards, meaning if you use it for business and pleasure, you can quickly move to the right account. This ability has been integrated into the donation screen. The app has also been optimized to increase its driver signup flow.
If you find yourself often looking for a ride and live in one of these cities give Lyft a try. It's an interesting take on getting where you're going.