How it Works: The Gett app connects riders with several thousand of London’s black cabs, and the average wait for a ride is less than five minutes. Passengers also get two minutes of free waiting time before drivers start the meter and can pay through the app or directly to the driver in cash.
The Prices: According to a company spokeswoman, the average fare in London is £15 (about $20) or less per trip. There’s no surge pricing — customers pay either the metered fare or can choose to pay a fixed fare, which is displayed on the app ahead of their ride.
The Service: Mytaxi
Where It’s Available: 70 cities and 10 countries in Europe; the Berlin-based company is particularly prominent in Germany, where it’s available in more than 40 cities.
How it Works: Mytaxi connects passengers with registered local taxi drivers and works exclusively with licensed black cabs in London; the company has a network of more than 17,500 drivers in the city, and the average wait time for a ride is less than three minutes, according to a company spokesman. Payment is handled either directly through the app or else riders can pay their driver in cash. Mytaxi’s mission is to encourage riders to use the city’s black cabs.
The Prices: Standard metered fares for London black cabs; there’s no surge pricing, but rides are a minimum of £10 on the weekends and before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m. on weekdays.
New York City
The Service: Lyft
Where It’s Available: 49 U.S. states, with statewide coverage in 40.
How it Works: Once users download the Lyft app and enter a prepayment method, they can request a ride by entering their pickup and drop off location. All of the cars in the company’s platform seat at least four passengers, Lyft Plus vehicles seat six, and Lyft Lux is a black car with an experienced and top rated driver. Users can also book Lyft Line, which pairs riders with overlapping routes and lowers the cost of the trip cost for all passengers. According to a company spokesman, the average New York passenger can receive a ride within minutes.
The Prices: Rides in New York are based on time, distance, tolls and surcharges. The minimum fare for a classic Lyft is $7.19, and the minimum for a Lyft Lux is $13.47. During peak demand times, there is surge pricing.
The Service: Curb
Where It’s Available: 65 cities around the United States, but New York is the company’s biggest market
How it Works: Curb connects riders with more than 13,000 of New York’s yellow and green taxis and works similar to other ride-hailing apps that allow users to request rides based on their location and pay through their stored payment method. It’s possible to book a cab up to 24 hours in advance or request one instantly. According to a company spokesman, the average wait time in the city for a ride is five minutes or less. For a more affordable trip, sharing a cab with another rider is also an option.
The Prices: Curb charges a $1.95 service fee for each ride hailed through the app, but fares after that are standard New York taxi rates — the initial charge is $2.50, and thereafter, 50 cents per 1/5 mile or 50 cents per minute in slow traffic or when the vehicle is stopped. There’s never surge pricing.
The Service: Via
Where It’s Available: Chicago, Washington D.C. and parts of New York City (south of 125th Street in Manhattan; Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Downtown in Brooklyn; Long Island City, Queens; and to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport, La Guardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport.)
How it Works: Via bills itself as an affordable and eco-friendly rideshare service: the app connects multiple passengers who are headed in the same direction, although it recently added the option to book private rides. To keep the rides efficient, passengers are picked up and dropped off at a corner within a block of their location or destination. Many cars on the platform seat at least six riders, and according to a company spokeswoman, the Mercedes-Benz Metris and the Chevy Suburban are two of the most popular models. The average wait time for a ride in the city is five minutes, and payment is handled through the app.
The Prices: Many rides in New York are $5. Frequent riders can buy a weekly or monthly ViaPass, which offers further discounts.
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