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Lyft is trying to speed up rides by suggesting better pick-up locations

Lyft is trying to speed up rides by suggesting better pick-up locations

The Lyft app will soon get an update that tries to make rides overall faster by suggesting better pick-up locations for riders...even if that means you may have to do a bit of walking to get there. The update will arrive in both the iOS and Android apps, and will be optional -- if you're set on wanting picked up at a specific location, you'll still be able to choose it when ordering a ride.

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Lyft picks up $25m and a self-driving car deal from Jaguar Land Rover

Lyft picks up $25m and a self-driving car deal from Jaguar Land Rover

With Uber making headlines for all the wrong reasons lately, arch rival Lyft has been focusing on cutting deals and raising cash, with Jaguar Land Rover latest to invest. The automaker has pumped $25m into the ride-sharing service, courtesy of its InMotion mobility services business. However, the deal will also include Jaguar Land Rover supplying cars to Lyft drivers, which could mean a big upgrade on your next commute.

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Lyft Lux and Lux SUV brings high-class options to riders

Lyft Lux and Lux SUV brings high-class options to riders

Uber has long offered a high-end service for customers who want to rent a luxurious ride, something for a nice night out or a good first impression. Now Lyft has finally gotten into that game, offering its own high-end service. Called Lyft Lux, this new option gives Lyft customers the ability to order a 'luxurious ride' that is operated by 'a top driver.' The service also comes in a Lyft Lux SUV version.

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Lyft now rewards riders with Delta SkyMiles: here’s the fine print

Lyft now rewards riders with Delta SkyMiles: here’s the fine print

Lyft just announced a new perk that may give riders a good reason to choose it over Uber: airline miles. The ridesharing company just announced a partnership with Delta that will reward Lyft riders with the airline's SkyMiles rewards. There are certain restrictions on the mile reward, namely that you can't earn them for things like taxes on the ride or tolls fees, but otherwise the benefit is open to anyone with a Lyft account to catches a ride with the company.

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Lyft will soon let you round up fares for charity

Lyft will soon let you round up fares for charity

It's never been easier to send money or pay for something without cash. Beyond the plastic card that's so common (and commonly abused), there are mobile payment systems and online shopping. Most of these methods, however, are usually employed at the service of commerce and profit. It's high time to use those convenient payment methods for charitable purposes as well. Lyft is doing exactly that with its upcoming "Round Up & Donate" campaign that will let users donate to charity without even lifting a finger, sort of. All they need to do is agree to just a few more cents added to their fare.

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Lyft’s next big expansion: service in 54 additional cities

Lyft’s next big expansion: service in 54 additional cities

Lyft has announced its single biggest service expansion to date, adding 54 new cities to its service map across four states. This gives commuters in many regions an additional transportation option, one that involves neither taxies nor competing service Uber. Newly supported cities include ones big and small, including Manhattan, Iowa City, Springfield, Birmingham, and more.

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Waze carpool service eyes bigger US, Latin America expansion

Waze carpool service eyes bigger US, Latin America expansion

It’s no secret that Waze has a ride-sharing service but it is also no secret that it isn’t aiming to compete with the likes of Uber and Lyft. At least not yet. Those two giants, however, should probably be a bit more wary regardless, especially in light of recent news. Speaking with the Wall Street Journal, Waze head Noam Bardin revealed plans to expand to more US cities beyond San Francisco, even reaching as far as Latin America. This could pretty much set the stage for a sudden change of direction should Waze decide to fully commercialize its Carpool service.

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Chevrolet plans “thousands” of autonomous Bolt EV from 2018 say insiders

Chevrolet plans “thousands” of autonomous Bolt EV from 2018 say insiders

Chevrolet is readying a fleet of "thousands" of self-driving cars, the majority of which will be used by Lyft as autonomous taxi alternatives, insiders have claimed. General Motors had previously invested half a billion dollars into the ride-sharing firm, with the intention of co-developing self-driving vehicles that could be added to its fleet. In the meantime, GM also launched its own car-sharing scheme, Maven.

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Lyft can now pull destinations off your phone’s calendar

Lyft can now pull destinations off your phone’s calendar

We live in an interconnected world but our apps usually aren’t. On many occasions, you end up entering the same piece of information more than once, increasing the chances for error as well as the places you have to check and update. Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to type in the address of your next appointment each time you need to get a ride? If you’re using Lyft, that will indeed be the case, because the app can now glean your next stop right from your calendar.

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Uber rides can now be ordered within Google Maps

Uber rides can now be ordered within Google Maps

Uber just got much more convenient, assuming you’re a Google Maps user, thanks to a new integration with Google’s navigation app. Rather than opening the Uber app and copying an address into the destination field, Google users can now find their location using Google Maps, then choose the small ride-hailing icon as the transportation method, enabling travelers to order an Uber car directly within the app.

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Carpooling can cut traffic congestion by 75%, MIT study

Carpooling can cut traffic congestion by 75%, MIT study

Ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft have been in the news a lot lately, but mostly because of their run ins with authorities and regulators. Few have probably given deep thought, not to mention devout an entire scientific paper, on their impact at large, for good or for ill. But that is exactly what researchers at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) accomplished under the charge of Professor Daniela Rus. They developed an algorithm that showed that carpooling service can potentially reduce road congestion up to three times and, in the long run, even save our environment.

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Lyft gets more transparent with upfront ride prices in some cities

Lyft gets more transparent with upfront ride prices in some cities

Lyft is making the cost of a ride more transparent in some cities, announcing the launch of upfront price totals — that is, the ability to see how much your full trip will cost with everything factored in, including the company’s version of surge pricing (when applicable), taxes and such. This eases riders' minds when it comes to cost, and also keeps the no-longer-pink-mustachioed company at pace with competitor Uber.

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