Lyft is admitting that some a part of conventional taxi providers are price emulating as we speak by letting individuals in choose Florida cities book Lyft rides with just a phone call. The brand new “Name A Lyft” function ought to be “excellent for seniors and folk with out entry to the Lyft app,” says Lyft.
Calling 631-201-LYFT (631-201-5938) between 8AM-8PM ET on Monday by way of Friday will let a possible rider e book a journey. Lyft says that it’ll inform riders the total worth earlier than confirming and ship texts to trace the journey as soon as it’s paid for and booked. It ought to be acquainted to anybody who’s ever known as a cab, although Lyft notes drivers usually are not anticipated to supply help getting right into a automotive and wheelchair accessible rides aren’t out there at launch. Name A Lyft additionally requires a telephone with assist for SMS messages.
Lyft isn’t the one ride-sharing firm to fall again on telephone calls. Uber experimented with the same function in 2020, permitting clients in Arizona to dial 1-833-USE-UBER to e book a journey. Previous to each firms falling again on taxi service ways, firms like GoGoGrandparent stepped in as an middleman for ride-sharing and meals supply firms, permitting older of us to dial a telephone quantity and have another person deal with the apps.
Lyft and Uber pushed out conventional taxi and cab providers with a theoretically easy-to-use service and a big pool of drivers, however Name A Lyft illustrates that typically the outdated strategies had been that method for a purpose — as a result of they labored.
Name A Lyft is out there now and Lyft has a full list of supported cities on its website.