New Rideshare Service – Carma

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This week we have another new rideshare service to share with you and it is quite different than the billion dollar giant, Uber. Our team at TaxiFareFinder works hard to research the numerous new rideshare options popping up around the globe every day. We want our readers to be aware of their transportation options and learn that there are many more rideshare companies in the world besides Uber. Today the new company we want to share with you is Carma.

Carma is a smartphone app that connects a network of people with similar commuting patterns in order to allow them to conveniently carpool with one another. The apps main goal is to make carpooling simple and stress free so more drivers will share cars and reduce traffic congestion and CO2 emissions. Unlike many rideshare services currently available (Lyft, Uber, etc), Carma, does not have hired drivers that earn a profit. Instead the drivers in the Carma network are simply civilians who are willing to give rides to others who are heading the same way.

The great thing about Carma is it allows riders to easily share the costs of fuel through the app. Riders will pay $0.20 per mile to their driver, and the driver will earn $0.17 per mile (Carma takes a small cut). This allows Carma drivers to earn just enough to help towards fuel costs and car maintenance. You can also opt to give someone a free ride if you prefer not to exchange money! The overall goal of Carma is for people to be able to easily share transportation costs to make carpooling a way to save money and take extra cars off the road!

If you wish to join the Carma community you must register and verify your email address and phone numbers. Once you start using Carma you will be able to benefit from their self-policing user rating system which allows the community to choose the best drivers and riders. Also, if your employer or neighborhood has set up a “Group” within the app, you can join that group and easily carpool with people you know.

Carma currently has programs in Ireland, Norway, D.C., San Francisco, and Austin.

Have you tried Carma yet? Let us know your thoughts below!

 

About the Author

Lilly is the marketing manager for TaxiFareFinder.com. She has a dream to travel to 100 countries during her lifetime but meanwhile is filling her time by instagramming pictures of her puppy and trying to figure out how to get an acceptance letter to Hogwarts.

Lyft Vs Lyft Line

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When Lyft first launched they only offered one simple service, a ride. Users would open the app and tap a big green “Request Lyft” button and, voila, a Lyft car arrived. Now, if you’re currently living in San Francisco or Los Angeles, you might have noticed an additional service called Lyft Line; a new service developed by Lyft to help support their growing user base and demand for alternative ride options.

What’s the difference between Lyft and Lyft Line?

Traditional Lyft

When a rider requests a traditional Lyft car, a driver will be notified via the app and a four door car will arrive at their location within a few minutes. This ride is reserved exclusively for the rider who requested the car and any passengers who might be in their party. The rider will then simply enter their final destination in the app’s GPS or will give their driver proper directions. Once the car has arrived at the destination, the app will charge the rider for the duration of the trip from pickup to drop off.

Lyft Line

Lyft Line is different from the traditional Lyft option as it functions more like a carpool. Riders who request rides through Lyft Line will be riding with other riders, allowing the cost of the ride to be split among all parties. With Lyft Line, riders are required to input their final destination prior to their trips. The app will then pair that rider with a Lyft Line driver who is already traveling along their chosen route. The catch is that there may be other riders in the car when a rider gets picked up, or the driver may stop and pick up additional riders as the trip progresses.

The benefit of Lyft Line is that Lyft claims the prices are up to 60% cheaper than the regular Lyft fares. The idea is simple, riders are splitting the bill with several people, so everyone only has to pay a portion of the overall cost instead of the whole bill.

Have you tried Lyft Line yet? Did your Lyft Line car make many stops along your route to pick others up? Let us know your experiences and opinions below!

 

David Pemberton is a Bay Area writer, currently serving as the Communications Manager for Breeze. Breeze offers a flexible lease option on fuel-efficient Prius cars, specifically for drivers interested in driving for rideshare or on-demand services. Learn more at www.joinbreeze.com.