Lyft, the ride-hailing company, is updating their mobile app that will open up opportunities to add bikes, scooters, auto rentals, and other mobility options. This will allow consumers to see all of the options available to them more readily.
“At Lyft, we’re working toward a future where cities are centered around people, not cars,” Lyft Co-Founder and President John Zimmer said in a statement. “The changes we’re making today will unlock better transportation solutions - whether that’s a trip on public transit, a bike ride or a shared Lyft - for people in cities around the country.”
Lyft began testing car rentals in San Francisco earlier this year. As part of the offering, Lyft will give renters a free ride to and from the car rental location. Currently, there are just three car rental locations in California, including one in San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles. Uber launched a rental program in 2018, but it shut down after just seven months.
While app updates are nice and all, it'd be remiss not to mention California gig worker bill AB-5, which Governor Gavin Newsom recently signed into law. The bill effectively makes it harder for the likes of Lyft and Uber to classify their drivers as independent contractors.
Before the bill even passed, Lyft and Uber announced they were both putting $30 million toward a 2020 campaign initiative that would enable them to continue classifying their drivers as independent contractors.
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