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Lyft promises 100% renewable energy with carbon offsets

Lyft promises 100% renewable energy with carbon offsets

Lyft has announced a new green plan: to transition to a fully carbon-neutral and 100-percent renewable energy profile. The vow follows Lyft's previously announced Green Cities Initiative, building upon the company's carbon offset program to set an important new goal. The news follows California's recent legislation that will see retailers in the state using entirely renewable energy by 2045.

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Lyft deploys electric scooters in Denver as cheap transportation option

Lyft deploys electric scooters in Denver as cheap transportation option

Commuters in Denver with relatively short distances to travel are getting a new transportation option: electric scooters made by Chinese company Xiaomi and offered for rent by ride-sharing company Lyft. The company previously received permission to introduce the scooter rentals by Denver officials, which have also approved a number of competitors. Availability will be somewhat limited, at least initially.

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Lyft and SeatGeek team to drop riders off near their event seats

Lyft and SeatGeek team to drop riders off near their event seats

Lyft has teamed up with SeatGeek to make its service more convenient for riders attending events. With this new partnership, Lyft drivers will be able to get as close to the rider's seat as possible, helping ensure they're close to the right entrance for pickup and drop-off. This prevents long walks and wasted minutes.

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Lyft Personal Plan subscriptions lock the price for regular routes

Lyft Personal Plan subscriptions lock the price for regular routes

Lyft has announced a new subscription called Personal Plan that enables frequent riders to lock in a specific price for a specific route. A rider who takes a car to work every morning, for example, can use the plan to make sure they're paying the same rate every morning, making it easier to budget for the transportation. There's one important catch, though.

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Lyft considers “zen mode” option that gives riders a talk-free trip

Lyft considers “zen mode” option that gives riders a talk-free trip

Ridesharing company Lyft has considered adding a new "zen mode" ride option that lets the driver know not to speak to the rider, according to a new report. Chatty drivers aren't unusual when it comes to taxi rides, but many riders prefer to skip the small talk entirely, instead focusing on work or having a moment to relax. A "zen mode" could enable the rider to tell the driver their preference for silence without offending them.

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Lyft acquires Motivate, North America’s largest bikeshare operator

Lyft acquires Motivate, North America’s largest bikeshare operator

Ridesharing company Lyft has announced the acquisition of Motivate, a massive bikeshare operator with systems throughout the nation. Motivate is the largest company of its kind in North America, one that is joining the Lyft system to help usher in Lyft Bikes, an expansion of Lyft's services. Among other things, Lyft is acquiring Motivate's city contracts.

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Lyft adds 30 self-driving cars for public rides in Las Vegas

Lyft adds 30 self-driving cars for public rides in Las Vegas

Aptiv has announced the launch of 30 self-driving cars in Las Vegas, all of them operating under the Lyft ridesharing network. The general public will have access to these cars via Lyft, though the autonomous technology itself comes from Aptiv. However, riders have to opt-in to self-driving rides before the app will allow them to hail one of the vehicles.

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Lyft vows carbon neutral rides globally in big sustainability effort

Lyft vows carbon neutral rides globally in big sustainability effort

Lyft is working to reduce its carbon footprint, vowing that from now on, all of its ride are carbon neutral. This mission takes effect immediately -- and globally -- thanks to Lyft's voluntary carbon offset purchases. According to the company, it will spend millions of dollars on this effort, making it one of the "top voluntary purchasers" in the world.

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Uber, Lyft rides in Manhattan are about to get more expensive

Uber, Lyft rides in Manhattan are about to get more expensive

Late Friday, New York passed its new budget and with it part of a new congestion pricing plan. The latter is intended to deal with growing congestion issues leading to gridlocks, among other things. Though the new budget doesn't make significant progress on tackling that issue, it does establish a new surcharge for ridesharing services operating in Manhattan, meaning rides south of 96th Street are going to get a bit more expensive.

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Lyft tests monthly ride plans, but they’re not for casual riders

Lyft tests monthly ride plans, but they’re not for casual riders

What seemed like an inevitability may soon be a reality. Ride-sharing company Lyft is now testing a subscription plan that will allow regular users to pay a flat monthly rate in exchange for a flat number of monthly rides. The plan may prove popular with customers who choose to regularly commute using ride-sharing cars rather than their own vehicle or public transport. If you're expecting something that's inexpensive, though, think again.

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Lyft wants to make a turnkey autonomous car brain

Lyft wants to make a turnkey autonomous car brain

Lyft has inked a self-driving car deal with automotive supplier Magna, to develop a turnkey driverless car brain that could be licensed out to automakers. The deal, announced today, will see Magna invest $200m into Lyft, as the two work together on adding autonomous vehicles to the ride-sharing firm's fleet.

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Many Uber, Lyft drivers make under minimum wage: MIT study

Many Uber, Lyft drivers make under minimum wage: MIT study

Over the years, many critics have cast doubt over claims of high earning potential related to driving for ride-sharing services. Some critics have called out earning potential claims made by certain ride-sharing companies, pointing out that they fail to factor in things like vehicle costs and self-employment taxes. In what is the first big look at this issue, MIT researchers have analyzed the real-world costs and earnings of being a gig economy driver.

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