Washington, DC’s Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) has launched a platform for riders to track taxis and limos in real-time.
Known as an application program interface (API), the software provides a visual representation of where the taxis and limos are and can also show the identification numbers of specific vehicles. Five developers, including TransitScreen and Redmon Group, have registered to use the service.
“It’s difficult to list all the benefits of our APIs, but it’s important to note that economic impact is among them,” DFHV Director Ernest Chrappah said in a statement. “Whether we facilitate the transport of business leaders or government officials to meetings, or ensure that a visitor enjoys a seamless sightseeing experience, the apps our APIs make possible can help ensure the District remains a commerce and tourism center.”
LYFT IS TESTINGsubscription models across the country, offering customers a package of rides for a flat, discounted fee. The packages promote Lyft loyalty and some bear a resemblance to transit passes.
One customer in the Boston area received an email on July 23 inviting the recipient to try Lyft’s All-Access Plan, which offers 30 standard rides worth up to $15 apiece for a flat fee of $299 a month. The user pays any ride cost greater than $15.
“Leave the car at home and save,” the Lyft email said. “We’re creating a new subscription plan to lock in 30 rides and you’ve been selected to test it first.”
The company known for ridesharing announced the acquisition of Motivate, which operates Capital Bikeshare and services in multiple other cities like New York, San Francisco and Chicago. Motivate’s name isn’t on many of the systems it operates, but the company said it provided 80 percent of bikeshare trips across the country in 2017.
“Introducing Lyft Bikes,” an announcement issued Monday by the company states.
Lyft has come a long way since it was the pink-stache, barely-there alternative to ride-hailing king Uber. Following a fall from grace by Uber and a sequence of smart moves by Lyft—like treating its employees decently and buying carbon offsets for every single ride—the 2012 San Francisco-based upstart is now an industry leader.