The United States is a country of auto drivers. Public transportation is more or less regular only in the mega cities. In the deepest countryside you can sit at a bus stop for two or three days until the next “express to Tampa” arrives.
Almost all Americans have their own cars, but sometimes it is inconvenient to get to some place by your own car. For example, transferring from the city to the airport. It is not safe and, most importantly, expensive to leave a car in a parking lot.
There are two leading taxi aggregators in the USA that almost completely share the market.
- UBER accounts for 71% of the ridesharing market (private taxi services through an aggregator).
- Lyft handles the remaining 29% of trips.
Both taxi aggregators have a mobile application that helps the driver and passenger quickly find each other.
- The application shows the passenger the nearest available cars, and the driver – fellow customers.
- You can see the full cost of the trip in advance and choose from the proposed alternatives.
Lyft vs UBER – which one is better to choose, which app is more advantageous to install on your smartphone?
Experienced passengers, who often use taxis across America, said that during the rush hours, when passenger traffic increases, the prices for trips can go up to 200% or more.
Even during the hottest hours, when the UBER prices are off the charts, the Lyft app allows to find a ride at a price even slightly cheaper than a competitor’s trip at regular hours.
It’s all about the competition. UBER has achieved almost a monopoly, and the monopolist has no need to care a lot about low prices. But Lyft, striving for leadership, is forced to dump in order to attract the customers.