The Uber vs. Lyft debate has been heating up for quite a few years now; and as both transportation giants continue trying to one-up each other, their furious rivalry is only expected to continue growing. The rising intensity of the Uber Vs Lyft debate has done little to impact either business’s success. The growth of taxi apps is said to be hindered by these two forces.
Followers of this particular conflict would probably point to 2014 as one of the most explosive years in the battle between Uber and Lyft, probably pointing out Uber decision to compel its employees into ordering and then cancelling more than five thousand rides from Lyft, an act that, while not completely illegal, might be considered unethical.
While the much smaller Lyft struggles to maintain a foot in the race to the top with its larger rival, Uber’s success has not been without its pitfalls, the company coming under fire for pushing questionable subprime auto loans to its drivers.
The considerable bad press Uber has been attracting over the last few months and years can only bode well for Lyft, which has made an effort to siphon from it the many clients fleeing Uber and its questionable reputation.
While clearly offering a similar service, there are notable differences between these two successful taxi services, differences that tend to hold sway over some people with regards to their choice of taxi service:
Because of Uber’s size and success, it is hardly surprising that it has such a wide reach, available in an impressive 46 countries, this as opposed to Lyft, which you can only find in 62 cities around the United States.
Lyft makes available two primary services, namely: Lyft and Lyft Plus, with Lyft Plus encompassing multiple people. Uber, on the other hand, offers a far greater variety of services, these including Uber Taxi (which allows clients access to regular taxis), UberX (which utilizes non-livery drivers), UberXL (which proffers larger vehicles) and Uber SUV to mention but a few.
Lyft’s Lyft Line service allows you to take rides with strangers, which enables clients to save up to 60% on their trips. Uber services (UberPool) also support carpooling, though one can only save an estimated 40% of their costs.
The costs of both taxi services will vary depending on the location. More often than not, though, they do not differ that drastically from one another as far as cost is concerned.
Both Lyft and Uber claim to carry out thorough investigations into the histories of their drivers, keeping a close eye out for criminal behavior, especially sexual offenses, though the intensity and depth of these checks are difficult to verify.
Uber continues to experience astonishing growth despite its negative reputation even as Lyft comfortably maintains its position as the second most successful taxi App in the areas it services