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Uber and Lyft have both separately announced two similar but unrelated ways of doing the same thing. In either case, people will soon have the ability to share rides with others in order to cut down on how much they have to pay. Uber's announcement yesterday came first, but the two are too close together for this to not have already been in the works at Lyft as well.

In the former's case, the feature goes by the name of UberPool. The company will let people share a ride with another person requesting a similar route to split the cost. The service is available immediately in a private beta, with Uber willing to welcome in more early adopters on August 15th.

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The provided iPhone screenshot.

Lyft Line will let people hop into rides already heading in the same direction and save up to 60 percent compared to the cost of their original ride. It's starting off in San Francisco on iOS, but support for Android and other cities is on its way. If that stings, the announcement trailer below won't help. It shows riders somewhere in the Midwest.

Check out the mutual blog posts below for more information.

Sources: Uber, Lyft

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Willie D

    Wow, that Lyft advertisement turned me off to it. Did not explain anything other than what looks like existing friends getting into a car and going around town. In reality, Lyft is not quite like that, not in San Francisco at least. Many nations have been doing cab-shares for decades, but the thought of getting into a car with an unknown person is one thing, but a group of people, thats another, not to mention the stops, and this is really only good if you just dont have a lot of time, and dont mind fighting over seating options. Ick. Ill pass on this.

    • Grace

      It's easy to be afraid of something that is not understood. The services are safe, reliable, and friendly to boot!
      Try it before you knock it. Use this link for a free ride: http://bit.ly/LYFTFREE or use AIRLYFT7 in the payment screen of the app.

  • remister

    Do you guys know how early they can operate. Are they able to give me a ride at 5AM?

    • Grace

      Yes. Lyft and Uber are 24/7 in all markets

  • Cat Astrophy

    Sounds like the driver will get screwed. 2 fares or "donations" reduced for two full pickups.

    • Grace

      The markets where this is available are not donations, but fares.

    • Roger Siegenthaler

      Actually sounds the other way, saving 60% means Lyft is still making 40% of the original price from you, and that's in the optimal case with 3 people sharing, so lift is actually making 20% more than they would if you didn't share the cab. I presum some of this will be passed on to the drivers.

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