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Need a ride? 3 ridesharing and 2 taxi apps considered

Jake Widman | Jan. 12, 2015
The time to pick a ridesharing app for your phone isn't when it's dark and cold, there aren't any cabs to be had and you realize you'd really like a ride home. The time to download one is well before you need it.

— Barbara Krasnoff

Bottom line

All in all, Sidecar's app was the one I ended up preferring. It's not as slick-looking as Uber's, but I appreciated getting a choice of drivers, knowing exactly what the fare would be in advance and seeing the route the app suggested. You can also see your ride history, which is handy for filling out expense reports.

Lyft was my second favorite, primarily because of the ability to designate home and work addresses for quick access — other than that, there's little to differentiate it from Uber as far as the apps go.

Uber is the slickest app overall, with a slightly fewer number of choices presented in a clear, attractive package. Someone who wanted to truly "leave the driving to us" and not be bothered with details like route and tipping might prefer it for its lack of the sort of interactivity I appreciated in Sidecar.

And the third-party apps? Well, if the current functionality of Curb (which wasn't able to find an available ride) and Way2ride (which doesn't yet allow you to request a cab) is anything to go by, the more traditional taxi companies have a way to go in order to complete — technologically, anyway — with the ridesharing services.

 

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