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[Update: Live in SF, others 'soon'] Lyft announces Scheduled Rides, soon users will be able to plan their trips ahead of time

Lyft, the definitely-not-a-taxi service that is not Uber, is adding a useful feature: scheduled rides. This means exactly what you think, giving the option to call for a, well, Lyft for some future time. With that said, you probably can't use scheduled rides just yet as it is currently being piloted in San Francisco.

Assuming Lyft does roll it out to their other markets this summer as they say they will in their announcement, there will be some guidelines.

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Google Maps adds Lyft and Gett to ride services tab

Back in March, Google Maps added a dedicated ride-sharing tab with comparative prices. This is extremely useful if you want to compare prices easily, and of course to see what services are available in a given area.

Today, Google is improving that feature by adding support for Lyft and Gett. Google claims Maps now displays options from "9 ride-sharing partners in over 60 countries." Google also mentions that the ride-sharing tab shows multiple types of services offered by each company. For example, Lyft may also show a Lyft Line ride as an option.

Google says that options from Lyft will show up all across the United States, while Gett will be limited to New York City (which is to be expected, as Gett is exclusive to that city).

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Google planning to enter the ride-sharing business with Waze

It looks like Google is finally moving into the San Francisco ride-sharing market. According to the Wall Street Journal, the tech giant is looking to offer commuters cheaper rates (and lower fares) than the two big players, Uber and Lyft. The plan is to connect drivers and riders who are going in the same direction, instead of the on-demand service you would see with other ride-sharing services.

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Lyft announces ability to add an extra stop to your ride

Lyft, also known as the second most popular ridesharing service, announced today that they will be introducing the ability to add an extra stop to rides. This feature, which main competitor Uber does not currently offer, allows riders to add an additional destination prior to setting their pickup location in the app.

The addition of this feature means that riders will no longer have to request multiple rides or ask their driver to wait if they’re picking someone/something up. Routes will be instantly updated when a destination is added.

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Lyft Premier launches in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York City as an alternative to UberLUX

Pulling out your phone to request a Lyft will get you from point A to point B, but it won't be snazzy about it. You're looking for basic transportation, not a limosine.

But sometimes you want to make an impression. Or maybe you just want to rest your cheeks on more comfortable seats. Either way, Lyft now has an option: Lyft Premier.

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Uber Takes Lyft's Path, Announces Scheduled Rides Starting In Seattle

Only a couple of weeks after Lyft announced its own scheduled rides, Uber is following suit and implementing its own take on the feature. The main difference between Uber's and Lyft's is that the latter doesn't allow you to schedule rides more than 24 hours in advance, but the former is letting you do it up to 30 days beforehand. This gives you leeway to "reserve" rides way ahead of time, to make sure you are done with your flight planning or major business trips preparation.

To schedule an Uber ride, you simply head into the app and choose the uberX then tap "Schedule a ride." You then pick the date, time, pickup location, and drop-off destination, then confirm it.

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April Fools Roundup: All The Jokes From Around The Web

The internet has really gotten serious about April Fools—it's hard to even remember what this day was like before some of the world's largest companies started playing tricks on you via your browser. April Fools is sometimes amusing, but also frequently annoying because you can't trust anything you see, and those joke pages will live on long after the day is done like joke landmines for you to come across when you're least expecting it. Such is life on the internet. To help you keep track of the gags this year, we're going to keep a running list of everything right here.

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Lyft Introduces Carpool Option To Help Drivers Earn Money Off Commutes, Rolls Out Waze Integration Nationwide

Using the carpool lane can cut time out of commutes, but it comes with the hassle of coordinating with another worker. That's annoying. It's so annoying that Lyft is now willing to pay people to do it. Sort of.

Lyft Carpool is a new way for drivers to potentially make hundreds of dollars a month driving to work like they already do, as long as they're willing to drive someone who pays a few bucks to sit in the passenger seat. Drivers can make up to $10 a trip. Likewise, riders pay between $4 and $10 for a ride.

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Lyft Is Making Waze The Default Navigation Guide For Drivers, Has Other Integration En Route

Lyft and Waze are both Android apps focused on getting you from one place to another. The former hooks you up with a driver who drops you off where you need to be. The latter is a navigation app that tells drivers how to get there. Now the two are becoming good friends.

Soon Waze will become the default navigation app for drivers, which Lyft hopes will lead to faster routes. Drivers will see a "Return to Lyft" button inside the Waze app that opens Lyft. This will enable faster switching between the two.

As for riders, Lyft can now update a driver's route in real-time within Waze.

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Lyft App Update Adds Car Color And Directions To Its Digital Map

Maps are symbolic by their nature, but that doesn't mean that those symbols can't be user friendly. Ride-sharing company Lyft seems to have applied that principle to the custom maps in its Android application. The latest app update adds new features to the map you use when searching for a ride - now the little car markers on the map will be colored the same as the real-world car that picks you up, and the direction the car is facing as it travels is reflected on the map.

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