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Lyft NYC pilot project gives rides to doctor appointments

Lyft has announced a new partnership with National Medtrans Network in New York City, and under that partnership will be piloting a transportation option for taking riders to non-emergency doctor appointments. Lyft has vowed to give 2,500 rides under this program per week in New York City, aiming to reduce the number of missed doctors appointments and help those in need get adequate medical care.

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GM teams with Lyft for on-demand autonomous auto network

This week General Motors and Lyft announced an alliance which would eventually create an on-demand autonomous vehicle network in the United States. General Motors will be investing a cool $500 million in Lyft, and GM will hold one seat on Lyft's board of directors. This alliance will include adding GM as a "preferred provider" of vehicles to Lyft drivers throughout the United States (or as they say, "in various cities in the U.S.).

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Sidecar bows out from crowded ride-sharing market

The market for ride-sharing services has positively exploded over the last few years, but unfortunately there's little room to compete against top rivals Uber and Lyft. This is evident in the news that Sidecar has announced its departure from the ride-hailing and delivery business. CEO Sunil Paul shared the decision in a post on Medium, stating that service would end on December 31st at 2:00 PM Pacific. "Shutting down the Sidecar service is a disappointment for our team and our fans," wrote Paul and fellow co-founder Jahan Khanna.

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Lyft gets permit to pick up travelers at LAX

Lyft beat Uber (again) in the battle for permission to perform pick ups at one of the nation's biggest airports -- this time around it's LAX, the Los Angeles International Airport. Both Uber and Lyft were granted permission to seek transportation permits for picking up riders at LAX, and Lyft is the first to receive the permit. The Lyft pickups start today, just in time for the Christmas rush.

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Seattle rules Uber, Lyft drivers can unionize

Drivers for ridesharing services just won a big victory in Seattle, where the city council has voted in favor of a bill that allows Lyft, Uber, and similar services’ drivers to form a union. This marks a first in the United States, and could pave the way to similar rulings in other cities where the companies operate. Lyft isn't pleased with the ruling; Uber hasn't yet commented.

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Uber and Lyft team up, give free rides to homeless veterans

Uber and Lyft are both on board with a White House effort that aims to get homeless veterans off the street. Under the Joining Forces initiative, both ridesharing services will offer free rides to homeless veterans who need a lift to a job interview or something else job-related. The announcement comes on the cusp of Veterans Day, and addresses one of the bigger needs homeless veterans face when attempting to reintegrate into every day life — getting from point A to point B in a timely and affordable manner.

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Lyft makes its way into Las Vegas airport

Uber was quick out of the gate when Las Vegas gave ridesharing services the thumbs up, but Lyft has become the first of its kind to start operating at the city's McCarran International airport. The company announced its new bragging right today, saying that it is now operating at two terminals at the airport. There are a pair of designation Lyft waiting areas, making it easier to find a driver.

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Lyft partners with Hertz so drivers can use rentals

Lyft has announced a new partnership with Hertz, among some other things, under which it will give drivers a new option to get on the ridesharing service’s platform. Says the company, “Now you don’t even have to own a car to be” one of its drivers. Whether that’s a good thing depends on your situation, but regardless, drivers can now use rental cars to drive others around. The ridesharing service has also announced a partnership with Shell Fuel Rewards and a new Express Pay for same-day payments.

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Lyft partners with China’s ridesharing service Didi

Uber has been, per typical, hogging all the attention when it comes to ridesharing services, but Lyft has been busy with its own efforts, and one of those things is a new partnership with China's own largest ridesharing service, Didi. The goal is to make it easier for Didi customers to get rides when they’re in the US, and easier for Lyft users to get rides while they’re in China. Under this deal, the mobile apps will work in the partnering markets.

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Lyft and Starbucks deal adds coffee tipping, rewards

While Uber has been busy striking up different partnerships with cities and others, Lyft has apparently been courting Starbucks, as today the two companies jointly announced a new multi-year deal that will have Starbucks customers earning stars, drivers getting gold status, and Starbucks employees having another option for getting to work -- the latter, at least, being possible, as Starbucks says it is exploring some options with Lyft. This is the latest among Starbucks' partnerships; it recently struck up a deal with Spotify.

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Lyft to pay settlement in New York over legal issues

Among ridesharing services, Uber tends to be the loudest and gets the most attention. That does not mean its biggest competitor Lyft has managed to side step similar issues, though, and it has been waging its own battles. In New York, at least, it has not seen victory, and will be paying a $300,000 USD settlement over alleged legal violations. The news surfaced on Thursday, with Lyft agreeing to pay the settlement over an issue stemming from insurance and roll out methods.

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Lyft lures drivers and riders with new Verizon partnership

While Uber is busy battling away in some places and leaving others, its biggest competitor Lyft is slowly expanding its own presence, and part of that expansion is hinged on drawing in drivers and riders...and then keeping them. The company has announced its latest incentive in that regards, a partnership with Verizon Wireless that gets part of drivers' mobile bills reduced. Perhaps more import, however, is that under this partnership Verizon will start selling some Android handsets with the Lyft app pre-installed, getting it directly into the hands of potential riders.

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