Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ridesharing versus Ridesharing Services

We see many website comments challenging that if drivers make more than 50+ cents per mile transporting passengers, then this is not true ridesharing. These commenters enjoy quoting the federal government's definition of ridesharing. Ridesharing services is true ridesharing with an innovative ride app connecting on-demand riders to available drivers.

Commenters enjoy leaving comments to discourage ridesharing. Ridesharing is possible the best idea to reach our community. Thousands of rides are needed per day. Even with hundreds of buses on the road in San Francisco, many people still need a ride to work, to interviews, to bars, restaurants, to the airport, from BART to their home and to many other places. 

Why is ridesharing getting a bad wrap from these commenters? The ridesharing these commenters are speaking about is what people provide under a commitment - to transport people meeting at designated locations established by riders and a driver. Rides are not available on-demand, instead these shared rides travel longer distances and are prearranged. 

Ridesharing services is the proper name assigned to big three: Lyft, SideCar and UberX. This type of ridesharing services refer to drivers using a ride app. They agree to transport client, riders, and/or passengers a cost established by their ride company. These clients accept the terms and conditions of using this app to get a ride. The app is highly developed to track the driver and client. It has worked to deliver millions of rides per month for thousands of riders across the world. 

Ridesharing is a mode of sharing a ride with multiple people. For example, people who commute to Sacramento may not see the benefits of driving their vehicle into San Francisco daily. They will incur daily toll and gas costs, which will likely bury them financially. Driving hundreds of miles per day will eventually wear out their vehicles. In this sense, ridesharing is relevant to the federal government's definition that accepting no more than the federal guidelines of 56 cents per mile is real ridesharing. One driver and a group of riders agree to share a ride from Sacramento to San Francisco at a shared cost. 

Ridesharing services rely on a ride app to coordinate rides. These ridesharing drivers devise a strategy to position themselves in areas where clients need a ride. Ridesharing drivers have also benefited from going online with a ride app while they are running errands. This makes best use of the ride app. Ridesharing services help people move across a city or region for a fair price. Taxis claim that TNC services are hurting their industry. However, many riders have complained that taxis have given poor customer service, so introducing ridesharing services offer a refreshing change. 

Nevertheless, passengers are given access to transportation alternatives. They can choose to take a taxi, use ridesharing services, transit services, carpooling, and/or other ride services. Carpooling is best used to travel longer distances, whereas ridesharing services provide immediate rides on-demand. Passengers don't have to meet at a specific location because they know a driver is coming for them. Ridesharing services customize rides to meet a client's needs. There is greater trust with requesting a ride to a particular location at a set time. 

Ridesharing services depend on a ride app to connect drivers with passengers. No driver is permitted to transport passengers for money without using a ride app that calculates mileage and time. This ride app stores client information, as well as their credit cards to pay for this trip.

Ridesharing services are precise in what they can do and what they can't do. Drivers can't pick up passengers who hail for a ride. Drivers can't accept rides from people standing on the street. Drivers don't rely on dispatchers to accept rides. Drivers own their own vehicle and must pay for maintenance cost, gas and any other costs associated with performing TNC services. It wouldn't be fair to believe ridesharing drivers should only accept 55 cents per mile driven. For the most part, TNC drivers are performing a service and dedicating their valuable time to transport drivers to specific locations. Passengers choose to use ride apps to get rides. Ridesharing apps are an efficient way to connect riders and drivers.

Ridesharing and ridesharing services have their similarities and differences. Before ride apps launched, ridesharing prearranged rides to transport people between one location to another - carpooling. Shared ride via vanpools can transport people from the airport to their homes. Nonetheless, ridesharing apps customize rides to drive passengers on-demand and without any prior arrangement. There are plenty of accessible ridesharing drivers available during all times of the day.  In essence, ridesharing and ridesharing services are revolutionizing transportation in a sharing economy where people demand change.  

Happy ridesharing! 

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