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The ridesharing world is about to be disrupted. While part of the appeal of services like Uber and Lyft stems from their on-demand nature — you’re umbrella-less on a rainy day and, with a couple of clicks on your phone, can make a car come to you — Lyft may be soon be blurring the lines between ride-hailing and traditional car service. The company is currently testing the idea of letting passengers schedule their rides up to 24 hours in advance.
“Whether you have an early-morning flight and need to get to the airport or have a make-or-break business meeting cross-town, scheduled rides will get you out the door and off to your destination at your specified pickup time,” Lyft explained in a statement. Scheduled rides can be changed or cancelled up to 30 minutes before the designated pick-up time.
But peace of mind comes at a higher price; according to Mashable, the minimum fare on scheduled rides will be higher — though exactly how much more isn’t yet known. Lyft is currently experimenting with different price points in San Francisco.
“While on-demand rides remain core to our platform, we’re thrilled to offer even more options to passengers — as well as another opportunity for drivers to earn,” Lyft explained. If all goes well in San Francisco, the company plans to roll out the enhanced — and regularly requested — option to more cities this summer.
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