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Lyft has bold predictions for self-driving cars by 2021

Lyft has bold predictions for self-driving cars by 2021

Most proponents of self-driving cars cite benefits to driver and passenger safety and traffic decongestion as some of the biggest benefits of the technology, which continues to face tough opposition, especially after a series of accidents attributed, properly or not, to autonomous driving technologies. Lyft, however, is trying to appeal to a slightly different side of the same coin: economy and ecology. It so strongly believes in the self-driving future that it predicts that by 2021, majority of Lyft rides will be on self-driving cars. Even more, by 2025, private car ownership in the US will be no more. At least almost.

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Google Maps adds Lyft and Gett as ride service options

Google Maps adds Lyft and Gett as ride service options

Back in March, Google added a ride services section to Google Maps that presents various ride services with how soon you could take them and about how much they’d cost. The idea is that you probably don’t have time to toggle between a bunch of different apps to figure out which transportation method is the fastest — using this ride services tab, you can see in one glance whether it would, for example be faster to take an Uber car or a taxi; or, alternatively, whether one option would be cheaper than another. In a statement today, Google announced it has updated that ride services integration with two new companies.

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Uber and Lyft rides to be taxed under new Massachusetts law

Uber and Lyft rides to be taxed under new Massachusetts law

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed a new law that will impose a fee on every ride generated through ride-hailing apps like Lyft and Uber. The fee will only come in at 20 cents per ride, and the good news for consumers is that they won't see the fee tacked onto the cost of their ride, as this law bans the service providers from passing the cost of the fee onto consumers.

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Lyft reported to have failed to find buyer in Apple, Uber, GM, others

Lyft reported to have failed to find buyer in Apple, Uber, GM, others

Just a week ago it was reported that Lyft, the US's second largest ride-hailing company, turned down an acquisition offer from investor General Motors. But new details from the New York Times say that Lyft has actually been looking for a buyer for several months now, holding discussions with a number of companies, including Apple, Amazon, Google, GM, China's Didi Chuxing, and even main rival Uber, but failing to make any deals.

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Lyft lets riders set precise pickup and drop-off locations

Lyft lets riders set precise pickup and drop-off locations

Lyft has announced refined drop-off and pickup options in its app, allowing users to chose the precise places their Lyft rider lets them out or picks them up. Lyft says the drop-off locations can be as exact as a specific door at a specific airport terminal, eliminating the need to call the driver and tell them over the phone where exactly you are. These precise drop-offs aren't available at all places across the nation, though.

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Lyft turned down an acquisition offer from General Motors

Lyft turned down an acquisition offer from General Motors

General Motors recently told Lyft that it is interested in acquiring the ridesharing company. Though Lyft at least briefly considered it — and went on to look into other potential acquirers, as well — it ultimately turned GM away. This is according to a pair of sources who cropped up recently; while they don’t know how much General Motors was looking to pay, it is worth pointing out that GM has already invested heavily in Lyft, having shelled out $500 million to get a 9-percent stake in the company several months ago.

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Lyft is rolling out physical gift cards with Starbucks perk

Lyft is rolling out physical gift cards with Starbucks perk

Lyft has partnered with Starbucks to offer physical gift cards for the ridesharing service. The gift cards would ordinarily only be worth grabbing if you’re giving someone a gift, but Starbucks is tossing its own perk into the mix: a $5 gift card as a bonus when buying a $20 gift card. That’s enough to get a coffee or two for your morning commute, and may be reason enough to get a physical card instead of using your bank card.

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Lyft will soon allow users to add a stop mid-ride

Lyft will soon allow users to add a stop mid-ride

Lyft is plotting to roll out a feature that may give it something of an edge against Uber, announcing today that riders will soon be able to add another stop to their trip, even if they're already en route. This will be done through the Lyft app itself, updating the route once the stop has been added, with Lyft promising this will result in a "seamless" experience for both the driver and the rider.

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Lyft Premier option sends drivers in classy high-end cars

Lyft Premier option sends drivers in classy high-end cars

Lyft has announced a new ‘Premier’ option that allows customers to order a high-end car for those times they want to make an impression. Cars arriving under Lyft Premier include things like an Audi A6 and a BMW 5 Series, though its rollout is pretty limited at this point: only Los Angeles, the Bay area and New York City users will see the Premier option. Uber has long offered a similar service called Uber Black.

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Walmart to partner with Uber and Lyft to deliver your groceries

Walmart to partner with Uber and Lyft to deliver your groceries

Have you ever wished that someone else could do all of your grocery shopping for you? You just make the list, and then someone shows up at your door with exactly what you ordered. Amazon can deliver a lot of goods to your door, including fresh food options in some locations. However, another major retailer wants to start delivering your groceries.

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Lyft tests out scheduled rides up to 24 hours in advance

Lyft tests out scheduled rides up to 24 hours in advance

Ride sharing services have become increasingly popular over the last year or so. If I'm traveling in a city without a car of my own, I've stopped using taxis altogether. They're cheaper, and you can get them on-demand. But what about when you're trying to plan out your day, and you really want your car to get there at the exact time you want it? Soon you'll be able to do exactly that, with Lyft.

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Lyft is working on self-driving Chevy Bolt EV cabs

Lyft is working on self-driving Chevy Bolt EV cabs

Lyft will trial autonomous taxi service with a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt EVs within the next twelve months, it's reported, as GM accelerates its car tech research. The automaker and the ride-sharing firm announced back in January that they had plans to collaborate on self-driving cars, with the eventual goal being an on-demand, autonomous vehicle network that could be summoned from a smartphone.

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