Ride Sharing Trends Compared: Uber vs. Lyft


The ride sharing industry is constantly changing, and drivers are always looking for new ways to make money. In this article, I’ll discuss the popularity of Uber vs. Lyft, how these two companies compare, and what the future of ride sharing looks like.


Uber is an online transportation network company that has been operating since 2009. The company was founded by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, who wanted to create a more efficient way for people to get around the city. Uber’s mission statement is “to make transportation as reliable as running water.”

Uber currently operates in over 600 cities in 72 countries around the world with a fleet of over 3 million drivers worldwide (as of January 2019). It offers services such as ride sharing, food delivery and carpooling through its mobile app which connects riders directly with drivers via GPS technology on their smartphones so they don’t need cash or credit cards when traveling around town–just download the app, set up your account information and request a ride!


Lyft is a ride sharing company that offers a variety of transportation options. Lyft has over 1 million drivers and 30 million users. The company has a rating system for drivers and passengers, which helps ensure quality service for both parties involved in each transaction. You can use Lyft in over 300 cities across the United States and Canada, including major metropolitan areas like New York City or Los Angeles.

Ride Share Rates

Both Uber and Lyft have dynamic pricing, which means that the cost of a ride can change based on demand. Uber’s prices are calculated based on supply and demand: when there are more drivers available than passengers, it will charge less; when there are more passengers than drivers, it will charge more. Lyft uses time of day, traffic conditions and distance traveled to determine its rates–it charges more during peak hours of travel (like rush hour) but less when there isn’t much traffic and the weather is nice outside.

Private Cars vs. Shared Ride Cars

If you’re looking for a convenient ride, Uber is the way to go. The company has more private cars than Lyft and can be used in most cities in the U.S., including New York City and San Francisco. Plus, if you live in an area with poor public transportation options like Dallas or Houston (or have limited mobility), Uber is your best bet because it offers wheelchair-accessible vehicles that are also insured by their drivers’ personal policies rather than through a commercial insurance policy like taxis require.

Private cars offer passengers more privacy while they’re being driven around town–but they come at a cost: They’re typically more expensive than shared ride services like Lyft Line or UberPOOL where riders split the cost of trips along similar routes with other commuters heading in similar directions. In fact, according to Consumer Reports’ analysis of data collected by transportation startup Fareharbor from October 2016 through September 2017: “In general terms we found that [Lyft Line] was about 15{a5ecc776959f091c949c169bc862f9277bcf9d85da7cccd96cab34960af80885} cheaper than [UberX].”

What People Want from Ride Sharing Services

When it comes to ride sharing, people want convenience and affordability. They also want their drivers to be safe, as well as environmentally sustainable. And if you’re a company like Uber or Lyft, it’s important that your customers feel like you’re socially responsible–and that means being transparent about how much money goes into each ride share trip.

The Future of Ride Sharing Services

While ride sharing is the future of transportation, it’s not going to be a part of all our lives. In the future, ride sharing services will be used more often than cars and public transportation because they offer a more convenient way to get from point A to point B. However, there are still some people who prefer driving themselves or taking public transportation over using a service like Uber or Lyft because they don’t want someone else driving them around (or they don’t have access).

The future of ride sharing looks bright.

Ride sharing is the future of sustainable transportation. It’s here to stay, and it’s going to continue growing in popularity and demand as time goes on.

In fact, you may find yourself using ride sharing services more often than driving yourself in the not-too-distant future!


Ride sharing is about more than getting from point A to point B. It’s about connecting with people and building communities. It’s also about making our cities greener by reducing the number of cars on the road, which means fewer carbon emissions in our air! In short, it’s a great way to get around town or even cross-country if you don’t mind sharing your ride with strangers (or friends).

Catrice Rasbery

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