One of Google Pay's more useful features is its ability to store your transit passes, saving you from having to carry physical tickets. However, a recently updated Google support article now warns that, unlike any other item in Google Pay, your transit passes aren't stored in the cloud. You can permanently lose your transit tickets if you lose your phone or simply uninstall the app. Read More
A number of transit systems worldwide have signed contracts with fare solutions vendor Cubic to modernize their collection methods — that includes accepting contactless payment mediums like Google Pay. But for those who rely on a weekly or monthly pass to commute on the metro, they've still had to resort to a physical Oyster or Clipper or what-have-you card. Now, Cubic and Google are working together to allow Google Pay to take in transit cards. Read More
Public transportation companies around the world are gaining support for Google's mobile payment system, ranging from Australia to New York City. However, in order for a transit card to work with Google Pay, the associated gantries need to support RFID identification, which isn't the case everywhere. To alleviate this issue, the company has worked on an open API that makes it easier for transit providers to digitize tickets, without the need for contactless capability. Read More
Google Pay is aiming at becoming a true virtual wallet by gathering payment and loyalty cards in a single application. Since last year, commuters in Las Vegas, Portland, and the West Midlands have also been able to save their transit tickets in their phones, allowing them to leave their wallets at home. Melburnians, and more generally Victorians, can also use their handsets as their transportation pass now, as Google Pay just added support for Myki, the region's transit card — not the password manager we reviewed. Read More
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. The main thing is you cannot schedule your ride more than 24 hours in advance. Read More
In its latest update, Lyft has finally added the capability to split fares among passengers. This is a pretty important feature and one that puts it on par with top competitor Uber, which has had fare splitting for well over a year. For those who travel in groups, this makes Lyft a more viable option.
Sometimes buses arrive a little late. Depending on where you live, they occasionally even arrive on time. Greyhound has now released an official Android app, after having replicated this experience pretty well. It's not necessarily a problem to wait until Android and iOS have been around for several years before making an app, but with Greyhound having launched one for its BoltBus line half a year ago, this release does feel a little behind schedule.
Nevertheless, the new Greyhound app provides the core functionality you would want from a bus-taking experience. Users can pull up schedules, book trips, find the nearest terminal, and take advantage of discounts. Read More
Lyft Plus seats riders in a vehicle capable of transporting up to six passengers at once. The service launched in San Francisco several months ago, expanding the number of people Lyft users can share a ride with. Now Lyft Plus is expanding out to the rest of the supported markets across the country. According to a recent post on the company's blog, the offering will appear inside the mobile app starting this week.
With the expansion, Lyft is making some changes. Now any driver with a vehicle capable of seating six can accept requests, so riders won't necessarily find themselves in the white Ford Explorer with leather seats that Lyft Plus previously required. Read More
Arranging transportation can be time consuming, so the Lyft folks crammed the ability to locate and schedule a ride into a simple app. Still, while using a smartphone is easy, even that can take up too much time (work with me here). Now the company has added Android Wear support that lets you request a ride by speaking into your wrist. Stop everything, guys. I think this is as easy as things are going to get.
As you can see, much of the app's functionality has been crammed nicely into the small real estate provided by Android Wear devices. Read More
Greyhound's BoltBus service lets boarders ride without first purchasing tickets from some strange guy at a station. Instead, the company offers its services through this new invention known as the Internet. For a while now, passengers have been able to purchase tickets online for prices starting at a dollar (but realistically hovering around $20 - $40). Now they can do so using a bright new Android app.
Customers can now get their confirmation number and board a bus without having to get their hands on a computer beforehand. The app contains the features found on the website, including searching, booking, and managing rewards. Read More