Thanks for the Ride Sidecar!

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The competition to become the best rideshare company in the world has been incredibly tough over the last year and today one of the major rideshare players, Sidecar, became one of the first companies to bow out of the game. At 10:47 AM this morning, Sunil Paul publicized on Medium that Sidecar would cease its delivery and passenger operations at 2PM Pacific Time on December 31st.

Sunil mentioned on Medium that he is extremely proud of his team and all they accomplished with Sidecar. Sidecar was the innovation leader in ridesharing despite a significant capital disadvantage, and they continually rolled out new products that set the bar for others to follow, even including Uber.

In a most gracious way of bowing down, Sunil stated  “Our vision is to reinvent transportation and we’ve achieved that with ridesharing and deliveries. It is, however, a bittersweet victory. Shutting down the Sidecar service is a disappointment for our team and our fans. The impact of our work, however, will be felt for generations to come. We changed transportation law, and created a new mode of transportation that has transformed cities and made life easier and better for millions of people.This is the end of the road for the Sidecar ride and delivery service, but it’s by no means the end of the journey for the company.”

We wonder what this means for the ridesharing industry as a whole and where Sidecar is planning on reinvesting their time and energy! Let us know your thoughts below.

Rideshare Carpooling Services

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On demand ridesharing services are becoming increasingly popular in today’s society, and with the introduction of the carpooling feature, the way of transportation may be changed for good. These services claim that carpooling will reduce the number of cars on the road, and help solve problems of congestion in large cities, pollution, and parking challenges.

Uber Pool:

Uber Pool is the carpooling service where you can share a ride with another person who happens to request a ride along a similar route. With this service, you and the other rider will split the cost of the ride. The way you request Uber Pool is the same way you would request your typical Uber—just press the button to request a ride and select the “Uber Pool” option. Once Uber finds a match for you, you will be notified of the driver’s first name.

A criticism of Uber Pool from passengers is that if the next passenger does not show up and you requested Uber Pool, you will be charged the full Uber X price, with no discount. Passengers expect to be getting a cheaper ride, but often there are no matches in the area and passengers are forced to go out of their way and still pay the non-discounted price.

Uber drivers also have strong opinions on the carpooling service—many say it is not fair for them because they have to drop off and pick up multiple passengers and not get paid extra. Uber raves that the feature allows people to communicate more and meet new people, but drivers claim that most people do not speak to each other, and they do not seem to benefit from the carpooling aside from the discount.

Lyft Line:

The Lyft Line service is very similar to Uber Pool. To request a ride, all you have to do is select the “Line” option when you open the Lyft app on your phone, and Lyft will build your line for you. One aspect of Lyft line that differs from Uber Pool is that the price of your trip is fixed after you select the “Line” option, meaning that even if they do not find another passenger, you will still be paying the discounted rate. When the “Line” arrives, Lyft will text you and you can then enter the car. The feature that gives the rider a discount regardless of the other passengers arriving is similar to what Uber Pool had when it first was introduced, but Uber’s policy has since been changed.

Other services:

Uber and Lyft are not the only companies who have this “carpooling” feature—the ridesharing app Sidecar also has something called “Shared Rides” where the user can get a discount for sharing a ride with another passenger traveling on the same route.

There are mixed reviews of the carpooling service for on-demand ridesharing apps, but who knows it may soon replace the need for public transportation, and perhaps even the need for personal vehicles!

Felicia is an intern at Unleashed, LLC. She is from upstate NY, and is currently pursuing a Marketing degree at Bentley University. One day she hopes to travel the world and visit every continent.

 

 

 

 

 

Taxis vs. Rideshares: An Industry Depicted Through Graphics

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Following and staying updated on the Rideshare/Taxi Industry is exhausting! Every ride-hail company is trying to get their piece of the pie and it is causing a lot of confusion for riders.  Furthermore with the introduction of new ridesharing app-based services every day, finding the best transportation choice has become a lot more complicated than just waving your hand and hailing a cab.

To help make our fans lives a bit easier, we have compiled our most helpful rideshare and taxi infographics in one blog post. Whether you are still learning about Uber and Lyft, are curious which company is cheapest, or are eager to learn which airports your should avoid taking taxis from, there is an easy to view infographic waiting to show you!

 

Your Rideshare App Guide

New to Ridesharing? “Your Rideshare App Guide” is the go to place to learn everything there is to know about the many new rideshare companies that have emerged onto the transportation scene in the last few years.

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Uber VS Lyft VS Taxi: A Price Comparison

Trouble navigating the world of rideshares, taxi services, and other transportation options? Using RideGuru, we have broken down the costs of two of the major rideshare services, Lyft and UberX, and traditional taxi services. The costs of these three transportation options are compared in five major cities in the United States. Ride on!

 

The Ups and Downs of the Medallion

The taxi industry has been going through much turmoil in recent months; from dropping medallion prices to rideshare protests to job losses. Take a look at this TaxiFareFinder infographic that outlines the rise (and recent fall) of medallion prices in New York City. The sharp decrease is thought to be caused by rideshare services, so it will be interesting to see the final outcome for medallions, the taxi industry, and the rideshare industry.

 

Catch A Ride: Costs From 20 Major Airports to Their Respective City Centers

One of the first impressions of a new city is the taxi ride taken from the airport to the destination, generally to a hotel or event in a city. This initial taxi ride can set the tone for a trip – the ride can be a quick breeze or a long, expensive nightmare. The TaxiFareFinder team has compiled information from taxis around the world to help travelers be prepared with the knowledge of what to expect when traveling to twenty of the largest airports.

 

How Do You Ride?

Which Rideshare company is your favorite? Do you switch between companies or are you loyal to one? We surveyed over 300 riders on our site to find these answers and highlight some common trends.

How Do You Ride

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Take a look at our most recent infographic outlining the results of a survey conducted on our website. Do you agree, is this how you ride?

Here’s How Much You Need to Drive for Uber, Lyft and Sidecar to Cover Your Car Insurance and Other Costs

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Rideshare companies are always promising high amounts of easy money in order to recruit drivers but these promises of easy endless money do not always show the public the full truth. Luckily NerdWallet crunched the numbers for us to see how many rides drivers for Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar would have to provide to pay for their car ownership costs such as insurance, gas and repairs. They also calculated how many rides are required for drivers to make $50,000, $75,000 and $100,000 in gross income. Check it all out in the infographic below and to learn more visit NerdWallet!

How many rides does it take to pay for insurance?

 

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What Ride is Best for You?

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Need a ride? All the options available at the touch of a button can be overwhelming — Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, the rideshare services seem endless. Let us help you! Answer a few simple questions and let TaxiFareFinder lead you to the best ride option for you.

 

Looking for a one-stop price-checker to better sort through your options? TaxiFareFinder has released a convenient Uber, Lyft, Taxi Comparison Calculator, RideGuru, to give you the power to discover the least expensive transportation option in your city. Through TaxiFareFinder’s RideGuru tool you can compare options and choose your ride based on price ahead of time. This way, you are always in control and aware of the final cost. Be prepared and get where you need to go!

Sidecar: Turning Rideshares into Deliveries

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For anyone unfamiliar, Sidecar is a company that offers three services: Connecting riders with everyday drivers in their personal vehicles, a carpooling app called Shared Rides, and Sidecar Deliveries. Sidecar rides are available in 10 U.S. markets, operating in 11 cities. The company has completed almost 100,000 deliveries for retailers in only five months.

In the beginning of this year it became apparent that Sidecar was starting to focus less on human transport and shift the focus more towards deliveries. Not only does Sidecar deliver everything from “groceries to flowers, and tacos to power tools,” they offer same-day delivery for as low as $4.99 and one hour delivery for $7.49. The company boasts that 95% of their deliveries arrive within the delivery window or sooner, and even more exciting, if your delivery is late, it’s free.

In March of this year, Sidecar partnered with a company that would change the way goods were delivered. This company is called EAT24, an already established delivery vendor, and the partnership was formed to reduce prices and shorten delivery times. The main idea is to combine food deliveries with existing trips and routes, meaning that your food may not be the only thing in the car, but it will get there faster and cost less.

What Sidecar is doing is more than just offering rideshares— it is revolutionizing the way customers and retailers use deliveries. Watch out, FedEx and DHL!

Felicia is an intern at Unleashed, LLC. She is from upstate NY, and is currently pursuing a Marketing degree at Bentley University. One day she hopes to travel the world and visit every continent. 

Which Service is Cheapest?

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New types of transportation options seem to be popping up daily, each promising to be the cheapest and best way to get around your city. Rideshare services like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar are now viable, established options in the majority of larger cities in the United States. To help you determine which rideshare service can actually be your cheapest choice, we used RideGuru to calculate the cost of a consistent 4-5 mile ride in ten major US cities. The infographic below shows the service with the lowest price for the specified distance and the top two runner-up companies. Now you can know how your chosen rideshare service compares and ranks from a price perspective.

Variable factors such as surge pricing, inclement weather, and heavy traffic are not taken into consideration in the graph below. For simplicity, traditional taxis were not included in this comparison.

 

How to Use RideShare Apps (Video)

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New to rideshares? Not sure how to sign up and call one? TaxiFareFinder created this helpful video to show you how to download the app, sign up, and start using rideshares like Uber and Lyft. Happy Traveling!

For more information on rideshares, make sure to check out our helpful Rideshare Guides. (http://www.taxifarefinder.com/rideguru)

How to Take a Rideshare

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Rideshare services like Uber, Lyft, and others are a growing trend and constantly making headlines. However, the concept of rideshare services is still new and unclear for many riders out there. TaxiFareFinder has created a basic, generic explanation of how to take advantage of these new service offerings; our walk-through of how to take a rideshare applies to all services out there, although the app details and interface may differ. Ride on!

  1. Download chosen rideshare app from the app store.
  2. Create an account. Enter your email address, phone number, and credit or debit card information. Be sure to enable location services when the option appears, as this will allow for more accurate GPS capabilities when requesting a ride.
  3. Fill in the details. Once you have completed account creation, you are ready to take your first ride. You will need to set your pickup location; an address will be auto-populated based on your GPS location but double check to make sure that it is accurate. You can input an address manually if it is incorrect. Next, you will need to choose which level of service you want. For most apps, you are able to choose different types of services based on vehicle type, size, and cost. For example, Uber offers several options including: low-cost uberX, larger-vehicle uberXL, and premium Black Car.
  4. Request your ride. Once you submit your request, a nearby driver is notified of your pickup location. A time estimate will be provided and you will be able to watch your driver arrive utilizing their GPS location. All details surrounding your driver and ride will be provided, including: driver photo, contact information, vehicle make, and license plate number.
  5. Enter your end destination. Input the address of your final destination while you wait for your ride to arrive. This will save time and provide a route ahead of time.
  6. Enjoy your ride. Locate your ride and hop in the vehicle. The GPS will provide the driver with a route, but you are able to suggest a better way if you wish to. Once you arrive at your destination, simply exit the vehicle. You do not need to pay the driver or tip; cost will be taken out of your debit or credit card automatically. Expect to receive a receipt via email with a breakdown of the ride, including fare and route explanation.
  7. Rate your experience. You will be prompted to rate your driver after each ride for most rideshare services. If you had a bad experience, you can express this using the star rating system and also by writing a note to the company. Most companies take complaints very seriously and will respond quickly to any negative feedback.

A few notes for those unfamiliar with rideshare apps.

Surge pricing is a term necessary to understand, as this could seriously hurt your wallet. At times of high demand or severe weather conditions, fares are increased to provide an incentive for more drivers to get on the road. The rideshare app will notify you of the surge when you request a ride. The total cost of your ride will be increased by a multiple or a percentage of your total fare, depending on the app. For example, Uber uses multipliers, 2.5x the normal fare, while Lyft uses percentages, 150% of your fare.  You can choose to wait out the time of high demand, when fares return to normal, non-surge pricing, or choose to pay the inflated price.

Ride Cancellations have fees associated unless completed in a defined timeframe. Although it varies from app to app, the cancellation timeframe for most rideshare services is within five minutes of requesting.  If the ride is not cancelled within this timeframe, a fee starting at $5 will be taken directly out of your account on file. However, if the driver gets lost or exceeds the original arrival timeframe, you may also cancel without repercussions.

Cash transactions should never occur when using a rideshare service. It feels strange to not leave a tip, as this has been customary with taxi rides, but never feel pressured to leave a tip. Driver compensation is factored into the fee that is withdrawn directly from your account on file.