Lyft Testing Ride Scheduling Up to 24 Hours in Advance
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.