Lyft Updated Its App To Provide Ride-Sharers With Faster Commutes

Lyft Updated Its App To Provide Ride-Sharers With Faster Commutes

The ride-hailing service's recent redesign plans improve customer's experiences by cutting down transit time and increasing shared rides, simultaneously reducing traffic congestion by putting fewer cars on the road

Carissa Chesanek
  • 7 june 2018

The on-demand ride company Lyft has recently amped up its app in an effort to provide more efficient commutes by paying special attention to ride-sharing. The app will now want to know the desired destination instead of asking where to pick up the passenger. The carpool options, known as Line, will now be renamed as “shared rides” to avoid any confusion. 

“One of our focuses has been the idea of shared rides…getting people to share a ride with a stranger,” said VP of Government Relations at Lyft. The service is looking to bump up its shared rides from 35% to 50% in the next few years, and has found a slight increase of 5% since the company first began testing out the new app.

Other elements of the revamp allow users to see the price comparison between shared rides and solo ones. Those who request solo rides will also receive a notification on their app if a shared ride pops up and is more time-efficient with a direct route.

The main reason behind spotlighting shared rides is to free up the roadways so there are fewer cars to cause congestion. Lyft is also interested in adding electric scooters and bike-sharing to its app, further optimizing and expanding its offer and usefulness to users. The updated app will be available everywhere next month.


Lead Image: Lyft via Facebook

Body image:  Lyft stock photo from Tero Vesalainen/Shutterstock

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