The way people get from A to B is constantly changing, since 2010 the taxi or cab market place in many cities around the world has been severely disrupted by the launch of Uber in 2010 and the subsequent launch of Lyft in 2012
Uber is by far the largest global rideshare operator. It was the first operator to launch any mainstream commercial rideshare service. As the Uber passenger base has risen in numbers more and more drivers have been attracted to join Uber. Drivers wishing to join Uber can get some great new driver sign up bonuses if they can get hold of the right driver promotion code.
Lyft is Uber’s nearest competitor in the majority of US market places. Lyft was two years later to market than Uber and as such does not have such a big user base, but from both a driver and passenger perspective it is worth considering Lyft as an alternative to Uber/
Lyft driver signup bonuses vary vastly from city to city, but Lyft (as well as most other rideshare services) does reward you for starting an account with them as either a driver or as a passenger. There’s a lump sum after you’ve made your first 25-100 rides, but the benefits don’t stop there. Riders (passengers) are allowed to tip you through the app on Lyft, and the express pay option gives you the driver the chance to deposit the money you’ve earned on the same day as you earn it, helping improve your cashflow.
Via is one of the only service that is actually about sharing rides. Drivers can pick up additional passenger en-route Via automatically gives you a 5-20% boost in pay for accepting other riders or passengers along your route. Via is generally cheaper for riders and means the driver is actually getting more per mile driven then the equivariant journey undertaken via Uber or Lyft.
Gett’s major claim to fame is its worldwide accessibility. They’re dedicated to reducing harmful emissions in the atmosphere through minimizing wasted time between fares. With the recent acquisition of Juno, a New York City-based ride hailing app whose driver-friendly culture gave Uber and Lyft a run for their money, the Volkswagen-backed Gett is set to make a huge impact on the rideshare economy.
Gett is currently available in many European cities, but has expanded to New York City and plans to take its business to other American cities. You need a higher level of driving expertise to be considered as a Gett driver, but the benefits rack up soon afterward. Sedans get $0.70/min net plus tip where SUV’s get about $0.85/min. With that and generous referral bonuses, the money you make is substantially higher with Gett than with driving for Uber or Lyft.
Curb is bringing professional taxi drivers into the 21st century. Rather than isolate CDL drivers from the ramp up of the rideshare economy, it caters to the long-time driving professionals. Passengers can hail yellow cabs in advance, and they can be tracked easily through the app. You as a taxi driver are fully covered under insurance and are paid based on how long the meter is running. Since your drives are metered, it’s easy enough to take detours at the passenger’s request. There’s no surge pricing option, but the fares are slightly higher and there’s a service fee up front to help recover costs.
At the time of wrtting this article , Juno is only available in New York — but, given what sets it apart, that may change. “Juno’s really done a good job of positioning themselves as the driver-friendly, publically advertsing that the driver actual made more by working with Juno than if they had worked with Uber at no extra cost tot he custoemr.
Via launched in Manhattan, in 2012, but has since expanded to Chicago and Washington, D.C. Its cars are a bit like upscale, comfortable public transportation: Carpooled rides, low fares, but limited range. “They bring the carpool, uberPOOL-style of rides to cities, and I think that their cars are a little bit nicer, too,” Campbell says. But he doesn’t think it’s enough to differentiate the service. “It’s still more of a premium carpooling service, compared to like an uberPOOL that’s just an everyday UberX — you know, four-door sedan type cars.”
Bridj is an amped-up version of Via. Instead of a large host of SUVs and sedans for transporting multiple passengers, Bridj operates mass-transit 14-seat luxury shuttles complete with Wi-Fi.
Z-trip is an app-based taxi service that allows for customizable pickup options, sedan or professional vehicle options and up-front pricing. They are in over 30 cities operating with either a city-wide or airport only presence. It lets pre-existing taxicab drivers work through ride hailing and is available in many major cities throughout the US. Drivers can either use the Yellow Z service, which allows them to use their own car or they can lease a Ztrip car to prevent wear and tear on their personal vehicles.
Summon gives you all of the benefits and amenities of driving for other rideshare companies, but has no surge pricing. Instead, it has flat rates for busy times with heavy congestion such as events and rush hour.