For many professionals traveling on business or shuttling around cities, Uber has become the de facto rideshare for quick and easy transportation. But due to a recent sexual harassment allegation, reports of 5,560 fake Lyft rides requested by Uber employees, and slashing fares for drivers, many are opting for other ways to get around.
Looking for alternatives to Uber? Here are eight different rideshares you can try out.
Lyft, founded in 2012—three years after Uber—is arguably the most popular option after the ride-share giant. It is currently offered in 300 US cities, after adding 50 new cities to the list at the end of February. Like Uber, it has an app that includes options for business or personal travel. Lyft—unlike Uber—gives passengers the chance to tip drivers, as well.
2. See Jane Go
Launched in July 2016, this Orange County startup is a ride hailing option "for women, by women." In February 2017, See Jane Go announced a partnership in South Orange County with Laura's House, a domestic violence agency, offering free access to rides for women there.
Before See Jane Go was Safeher—formerly known as Chariot for Women—a safe ride share service for women drivers and passengers in Boston. According to the site, the focus "is the safety of riders and drivers alike, and our goal is to make you feel empowered. We pride ourselves on being transparent in our process and have unique driver equity incentives to ensure passengers receive the best service possible."
Founded by three professional women who have young children, HopSkipDrive is a ride service that helps transport children when parents are unavailable. It requires a rigorous certification process for drivers. It's currently available in Los Angeles, Orange County, the Bay Area, and San Jose.
New York City rideshare Juno was founded on the concept that a company should treat its drivers well. On top of wages for rides, the startup gives 50% equity to drivers. Juno drivers can receive tips. They will also have phones and data plans provided by the company, as well as 24-hour driver phone support.
SEE: Uber's driverless rides in Pittsburgh: What's happening and what it means (TechRepublic)
Formerly "Taxi Magic," Curb provides professional taxi and for-hire services to people in 65 cities. It boasts 50,000 cabs worldwide, and 100,000 drivers.
Launched in 2011, Hailo offers an alternative to the ride-share model by enabling passengers to hail professional taxicabs. This app helps connect people who need rides with licensed cab drivers, and is offered in more than 20 cities across the globe. Unfortunately, it's not yet offered in the US.
It's important to note that ride-shares are not always easy to keep afloat, especially when it faces such a major competitor. In 2012, Sidecar was considered the third most popular ride-share after Lyft and Uber. But it switched from carrying passengers to delivering goods, and in 2015, it closed shop.
Calling itself the "global leader in corporate ground travel," and is offered in more than 100 cities worldwide. The technology allows professionals and businesses to instantly book on-demand transportation, delivery, and logistics.
And, when all else fails, there's always public transportation.
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Hope Reese has nothing to disclose. She doesn't hold investments in the technology companies she covers.
Hope Reese is a journalist in Louisville, KY. Her writing has been featured in The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Playboy, Undark Magazine, VICE, Vox, and other publications.