Independent Rideshare Driver Apps

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Gett, the Israel-based ridesharing app formerly known as GetTaxi, has a user base that pales in comparison to Uber and Lyft — it covers more than 120 cities globally, but only has a U.S. presence in New York City right now though its partner Juno. The two have plans to expand into other cities and states in the not-too-distant future. Gett is appreciably more reasonable when it comes to pricing, though, and the service never charges a premium during busy hours.

Gett gets away with it by paying drivers a competitive hourly wage rather than a percentage of every fare, like Uber and Lyft. The company passes those savings on to riders. In Manhattan, Gett caps fares between Houston Street and 72nd street at $10 plus tax and tip.





Curb was briefly shuttered after an acquisition by Verifone Systems, the San Jose, California-based company that operates in-cab entertainment and payment systems. It’s another ridesharing underdog, but one that’s expanding aggressively — the service taps a network of 50,000 taxis and hired cars across over 45 U.S. cities.

Fundamentally, Curb works much in the same way as Uber and Lyft: Hail a driver, and you’ll be whisked away to your final destination. Uniquely, though, the service lets you schedule pickups ahead of time in some cities for a $2 fee. Know you’ll need a ride after a long night of ringing in the New Year? Set a time and location, so that a Curb driver will await your arrival. And it never charges surge pricing.

Curb just overhauled the backseat monitor of their taxi’s, giving the passenger control over what they are watching. The screen will also show a running tally of the fare, eventually giving the rider the opportunity to search for restaurants and even make reservations from the taxi.




 

This San Francisco-based startup started out providing transportation to and from airports. Now, in addition to airport rides, they offer around-town rides in a few, select cities. They are currently up in running in 16 metro areas, including 22 airports. The app also lets you schedule airport rides up to two months in advance, and a flat rate means you don’t have to worry about hidden fees and surcharges. The most unique thing about Wings, though? Riders can pick and choose their favorite drivers, and the company promises that, moving forward, the service will remain less expensive than a taxi or limo.

  On-demand taxis 

Arro taps into a database of licensed taxis — 20,000, according to the company — for on-demand transportation. It’s available in a number of cities, including New York City, Boston, Miami, and Houston, and it works like Uber, Lyft, and the myriad of other well-established ridesharing services. Confirm your location and a driver will arrive to pick you up.Arro’s reliance on cabs means that it doesn’t charge surge pricing. Fares are based on taxi meters. And the company says that unlike other taxi-hailing apps, its service is much more reliable — pickup requests are sent to drivers through dedicated data terminals on cabs rather than drivers’ smartphones.
 

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Juno is a relative newcomer to the ridesharing industry. The app was founded by Talmon Marco, a serial entrepreneur who made his fortune selling messaging app Viber for almost a billion dollars, and functions as a driving service that prioritizes fair compensation for drivers. The company takes a 10-percent commission out of fares — Uber, in comparison, takes around 30 percent of fares — and will eventually provide long-term drivers with restricted stock units (RSUs) so that they’ll own a piece of the company.It doesn’t ask riders to make any sacrifices, either. Juno rides come in three flavors, quick, stylish and SUV for larger groups. The app also estimates each tier’s fare, provides an ETA, and, when you’re ready to go, hails nearby cars. It’s a little barebones at the moment — it’s still in beta — so it doesn’t have a carpooling component or other features you might find in more established apps. This is a good thing for prospective riders, however, given rides are 30-percent off during this soft-launch period.D

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Ridesharing and Carpooling

If you don’t mind hitching a ride with a few others, Via is worth considering. Co-founded by Stanford neuroscience Ph.D. Daniel Ramot, the app uses a “logistics engine” to fill as many seats as possible in cars headed toward popular destinations. Unlike Uber and Lyft, the routes are static — you simply tell the service where you’d like to go and you’ll get dropped off at a nearby location along the way. These static routes mean that you’ll often have to walk a block or two to reach your pick-up location, but Via’s reservation system doesn’t preclude you from bringing a pal or two. The app also automatically finds cars with the necessary seating, and each extra member in your party rides at half price. Via is available in Chicago, New York, and Washington, operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.Recently, Via announced a partnership with Curb to carpool with others in New York City’s yellow cab. The service is offered through Via and Curb, allowing New York’s taxi drivers to move more passengers, which reduces emissions, and users to pay less.

 

There are countless services to choose from when it comes to nabbing a ride to or from the festivities, but Redwood City-based Flywheel asserts that its system is the most reliable of the bunch. Like Arro, it recruits cab drivers to ferry users from place to place, but aims to replace traditional the taxi meters in its cars with “TaxiOS,” its proprietary smartphone-based system for handling payments and pickup requests. It’s available in San Francisco, Seattle, Sacramento, San Diego, Portland, and LA.Flywheel also lets you offer a bigger tip as incentive during periods of high demand, a feature the company touts as a voluntary replacement for surge premiums. 

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1. Via

CHICAGO, NEW YORK CITY AND WASHINGTON, D.C.

Via’s specialty is low rates for shared rides, starting at only $2.95 to $5, plus tax, for single trips. But where it really shines is in its plans for regular commuters. Riders can select ViaPasswith weekly or monthly plans that provide multiple rides per day, for a set, flat rate. This varies by city: a 7-day pass for four rides per day in Manhattan is $63, plus tax, while a 7-day unlimited pass in Washington, D.C., is $25.

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Wingz started with prescheduled drives to and from the airport — and still specializes in that. But now, it provides prescheduled rides wherever you need to go. The best part? You can lock in the price upfront. Users can schedule rides for up to two months in advance and modify their booking if needed.

3. Juno

NEW YORK CITY

Juno, available only in New York City, says treating its drivers better means drivers treat you better. Juno — which recently was acquired by fellow ridesharing company Gett — accepts only the highest-rated drivers from Uber and Lyft, and promises 24/7 live phone, email and text support to both drivers and customers.

4. Safr

BOSTON

Safr — a newly rebranded app formerly called Chariot for Women and then SafeHer — was created to combat violence in the rideshare space and provide an alternative platform geared toward women. All drivers undergo background checks andriders can select the gender of their driver to suit their comfort level. According to the Safr website, drivers also are paid above the industry standard to spur stellar service. Safr monitors each ride to ensure passengers and drivers arrive safely at their destinations, and passengers can push an “SOS” button in the app to call for immediate assistance if they feel unsafe.

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HopSkipDrive offers safe, scheduled ridesharing for kids. When you request a ride for your son or daughter, you’ll be matched with a CareDriver with a minimum of five years of child care experience. Your child can exchange a special code word with the driver before getting in the car to ensure he or she is the designated CareDriver, and you’ll be able to track the ride with live updates.

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If you like to plan ahead, Summon — formerly known as InstantCab — is your app. You can schedule a ride in advance via your phone or computer, and see details about your driver and a fare quote. The app even lets you select your favorite chauffeur. And, in a unique twist, riders also can choose on-demand rides from a taxi or personal car, with prices based on trip distance and time. 

7. Arro

BOSTON, CHICAGO, HOUSTON, NEW YORK CITY AND SAN FRANCISCO

For those who prefer the classic yellow cab, some apps work exclusively with taxis. Arro connects riders with one at the push of a button. Plus, it will set up automatic payment on your phone — and it can even pay for a taxi you’ve hailed without the app. 

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Fasten — which was created in Boston and launched later in Austin in the wake of the temporary departure of Uber and Lyft — claims to have “the highest rating and vehicle standards in the industry.” The company prides itself on showing price estimates in advance and updating your fare live during the ride. Plus, Fasten says that since it charges drivers a flat fee per ride, as opposed to a percentage of the trip fare, rates are lower for riders.

CALIFORNIA

Waze launched as a community-based navigation app giving live updates on road hazards, accident warnings and upcoming speeding traps on your route. Now Waze is hopping into the carpool game, starting with commuter routes in California. Just tell the app where you live and work and get a ride from a Wazer with a similar commute, up to two times a day. Prices are preset, based on the cost of gas, and are shared by the riders and driver. When the ride’s over, Waze Carpool automatically transfers the payment from the rider to the driver.

 

. . . . a 20.5% increase over the previous year. By 2020, 20.4 million US adults will use a transportation sharing economy service. 

The 65 Mobility Startups Exhibiting at 2019 Detroit Auto Show

 

GREAT ARTICLE FROM TED SEBENSKI 

Today I’m excited to introduce the 65 mobility startups coming from around the world to the 2019 the North American International Auto Show (aka the Detroit Auto Show). These startups will be exhibiting at AutoMobili-D, the technology-focused expo of the Detroit Auto Show that is running in its 3rd year from Monday, Jan. 14 through Thursday, Jan. 17. No other event in North America provides an international platform for this vast array of companies, organizations and mobility thought leaders under one roof.

I continue to be blown away by the growth of the mobility startup area at AutoMobili-D. Since its inception 3 years ago, the startup area has grown by 59%. The founders of these startups understand that any key decisions in automotive and supplier strategy eventually go through Detroit. With startups coming from all around the world to Detroit, it’s clear that Detroit’s role in the future of mobility is as strong as ever.

For 2019, a few stats on the startup area at AutoMobili-D:

  • 65 mobility startups, a 14% increase over 2018, hailing from 10 countriesaround the world
  • The mobility startups’ exhibits take up 27% of the floor space at AutoMobili-D and represent 45% of all exhibitors at AutoMobili-D
  • 86% of the startups have existing relationships with automotive OEMs and suppliers
  • 77% of the startups are first-time exhibitors
  • Collectively they employ over 872 individuals worldwide

These mobility startups are building a wide range of technologies and businesses that span:

  • Autonomous
  • Connected Car
  • Electrification
  • Fleet Management
  • Hardware / Sensors
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Mapping / Journey Planning / Multi-Modal
  • Personal Mobility / Last Mile Vehicles
  • Security
  • Services / On Demand / Ride Sharing
  • Smarty City and Infrastructure

For the third year in a row, Techstars Mobility has partnered with the North American International Auto Show to bring mobility startups from around the world to Detroit. These startups will be showcasing their innovative mobility technologies as part of AutoMobili-D, a dedicated mobility technology expo. This partnership is part of Techstars Mobility’s ongoing mission to connect the automotive mobility industry to startups by facilitating connections and building partnerships.

The 65 Mobility Startups Exhibiting at 2019 Detroit Auto Show

  • 14bis Supply Tracking — Houston, TX, United States — Proprietary middleware provides systems interoperability & full asset traceability with real-time awareness for supply chains of trust.  We track physical or digital assets providing on-demand auditability.
  • Advanced Connected Vehicle Solutions — Farmington Hills, MI, United States —  ACVS provides software solutions for securely connecting vehicles to cloud services.  Our modular telematics client software supports needs such as remote operations, FOTA, and diagnostics.  The client is code generated from our IoT Workbench tool providing complete API documentation and simulation.
  • Aimotive — Budapest, Hungary — Aimotive provides artificial intelligence-based software solutions for self-driving cars to global car makers and Tier 1s. Our product suite includes artificial intelligence-based perception algorithms, state-of-the-art simulation and Neural Network acceleration technology.
  • Airspace Experience Technologies — Detroit, United States — We enable private air mobility for the mass traveling public.
  • Alchemy — Kitchener, ON, Canada — We are a nanotechnology startup pioneering two nanocoatings: a passive anti-frost coating and an abrasion resistant coating. Our coatings enable multi-climate reliability for AVs by providing impact/scratch resistance, frost prevention, deicing to combat snow/freezing rain, and water/dirt shedding.
  • Alpha Drive — Brooklyn, NY, United States — Validation of Autonomous Vehicle AI
  • Alto — Dallas, TX, United States — Alto offers on-demand rides that are safe, consistent, and tailored to our members’ preferences. We use a dedicated fleet of new cars, employee drivers, and elegant apps and in-car technology to deliver exceptional rides, every time.
  • Arbe Robotics — Tel Aviv, Israel — The world’s first company to demonstrate ultra-high-resolution 4D imaging radar with post processing and SLAM
  • Autobon AI — Chicago, IL, United States — Autobon is providing trucking fleets with the first aftermarket autopilot system that enables existing semi-trucks to deliver freight autonomously on U.S. highways. We are deploying the system in a way that builds trust with operators, while increasing job safety and efficiency.
  • Axle Travel — NYC, United States — We help businesses create and manage their own ancillary mobility services.
  • Bedestrian — Ann Arbor, MI, United States — We develop autonomous lead robots and modular trailers for driverless delivery (indoor/outdoor) of food and prescriptions drugs, as well as hauling of goods.
  • Bollinger Motors — Ferndale, MI, United States — Electric Vehicle OEM Manufacturer Busie — Kingston, NY, United States — Busie simplifies online booking and logistics for operators and organizers.
  • C2A Security — Jerusalem, Israel — C2A provides protection from automotive life-threatening cyber attacks.
  • CARMERA — Brooklyn, NY, United States — CARMERA is building the world’s most robust street intelligence platform, specializing in “living” high definition maps for autonomous vehicles.
  • CellularEMT — Detroit MI, United States — CellularEMT is an on demand platform that connects certified repair contractors to consumers who need their smart devices repaired.
  • Comet.ml — New York, NY, United States — Comet is doing for ML what GitHub did for code. We allow autonomous vehicles and perception teams to automatically track their datasets, code changes, experimentation history and production models creating efficiency, transparency, and reproducibility.
  • DeepHow — Detroit, MI, United States — The first AI solution for skilled trades know-how capturing and training.
  • Derq — Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Derq is an MIT-spinoff and Techstars mobility alum with a mission to eliminate crashes. Our AI-based ITS and V2X software applications predict the behaviors and intentions of road users to warn cars with enough time to avoid crashes. We are live in Dubai and Detroit
  • Detroit Flying Cars — Livonia and Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States — At Detroit Flying Cars, we are developing a uniquely more flexible form of transportation. Fly when you what to, drive when you want to. A distance airplane with VTOL option, and roadworthy EV with 400 miles range – the ultimate freedom machine.
  • Drive Spotter — Omaha, NE, United States — Investors ask every CEO one key question – every single answer hinges on their team – we help CEOs incentivize their teams, which is increasing crucial to effective supply chains.
  • Drive Time Metrics — Jamestown, Rhode Island, United States — Media analytics and monetization of connected car data
  • Driver Technologies Inc. — Brooklyn, NY, United States — Driver delivers a dashcam with cloud storage, augmented reality navigation, AI-powered forward collision warnings and attention-assist through a free mobile app. At the same time, Driver gathers valuable data for the insurance, advertising, mapping and autonomous car software industries.
  • Enertia Microsystems Inc. — Ann Arbor, MI, United States — We are commercializing small, low-cost, and ultra-high-performance inertial sensors for dead-reckoning for Level-4 or Level-5 autonomous vehicles.
  • FairFare — New York, NY, United States — FairFare is a direct booking, ride hail marketplace app. Our algorithm tailors a client oriented response. It’s a marketplace that cross matches tailored transportation with lifestyle spending habits. Thereby becoming a direct asset to businesses, government and consumers.
  • Fantasmo — Los Angeles, CA, United States — Fantasmo is building a decentralized platform for 3D spatial maps and camera-based positioning. Our end-to-end solution enables the creation, access, management, and monetization of 3D maps which is critical for mobility, autonomous robotics, augmented reality, and many other emerging industries.
  • FenSens — San Francisco, United States — FenSens produces smart car accessories and services for the full connected vehicle experience.
  • Fleetonomy — Tel Aviv, Israel — Fleetonomy offers artificial intelligence-based solutions to enable fleet owners, OEMs and smart mobility service providers to maximize their fleets by enhancing efficiency, generating more insights from their data, and creating new revenue streams by launching new smart mobility services.
  • Gridwise — Pittsburgh, PA, United States — Gridwise provides a mobile platform that increases rideshare drivers earnings 39% by helping the find more rides and track their performance across each service they drive for.
  • HAAS Alert — Chicago, IL, United States — Vital safety information streamed to drivers, connected and autonomous cars via in-vehicle systems and smartphone apps when emergency vehicles are approaching and on-scene. Drivers, emergency crews and roadway operators use the C-V2X enabled solutions to avoid collisions and reduce traffic delays.
  • Hanseatische Fahrzeug Manufaktur GmbH — Holm, Schleswig-Holstein , Germany — Hanseatische Fahrzeug Manufaktur GmbH (HFM) specializes in the development of highly complex mechatronics systems for electric and autonomous vehicles.
  • HiHo Mobility — Waterloo, Ontario, Canada — Shared work fleets with on-demand logistics (tools, supplies and assets). Already in-use on University campuses. Greatly reduce costs, vehicles and go green. Human-driven for now, self-driving soon.
  • Humanising Autonomy — London, United Kingdom — Humanising Autonomy improves safety and efficiency of autonomous mobility systems through better understanding of human behaviour in cities.
  • Integral — Detroit, MI, United States — Integral brings a silicon valley mindset of continuous innovation to mobility. Our Detroit-based product development consultancy brings expertise in lean product, human centered UX, and cloud engineering to collaborate with our customers on solving problems in CV, AV, EV, and shared mobility.
  • IntelliTire — San Mateo, CA, United States — Making tires smarter
  • INVENTEV LLC — Detroit, MI, United States — Startup based in Detroit to provide vehicle mobility services, advisory services and commercial vehicle electrification
  • IXR MOBILITY — Detroit, MI, United States — Provide non emergency transportation and shuttle services with an emphasis on Autonomous Automated Shuttles.
  • Jrop — Toronto, ON, Canada — Jrop has developed the most efficient way to generate machine-readable property maps, to optimize first and last meter operations for driverless cars.
  • Kepler51 Analytics, PBC — Austin, TX, United States — Kepler51 is a Big Data analytics solutions provider with a core focus on predictive and real-time road weather information for automotive safety and mobility.  We are pioneering the next step in ADAS applications for road safety. We are a Public Benefit Corporation for the Vision Zero movement.
  • LaneSpotter — Pittsburgh, PA, United States — Mapping and navigation created for cyclists by cyclists, with a focus on safety. Think Waze for bikes!
  • Metamoto, Inc — Redwood City, CA, United States — Metamoto’s Simulation as a Service platform provides orders of magnitude more testing and training hours, miles, scenarios and data for testing, training, validating and debugging autonomous system software.
  • Mobiag — Lisbon, Portugal — Mobiag is a solution provider in the shared and electric mobility space. We build tools to empower sharing organizations and bring them together in a global independent network. We are based in Lisbon and currently serve over 25 clients in 4 continents, with over 6k cars managed on our platform.
  • Numeero — Monterrey, Mexico, Mexico — Automotive RFQ Collaboration Tool
  • ParkMobile — Atlanta, United States — We enable consumers to reserve, book and pay for parking through our App - ParkMobile and through our APIs for in-car head-unit integration.
  • Parkofon — Alexandria, VA, United States — Parkofon delivers automated on-street and off-street parking by using its high-accuracy geolocation device. We pilot with Avis and launch in Brooklyn, NY next month.
  • Pitstop — Toronto, Canada — Automotive Prognostics Platform (PaaS)
  • Powerlink Systems — Detroit, MI, (PlanetM’s Landing Zone), United States — Powerlink Systems is an EV charging station distributor and installer with office locations in Rochester and Detroit, MI (Planet M’s Landing Zone). We provide turnkey solutions to businesses, cities and residents looking to install EV charging stations.
  • Prestio — Kansas City, MO, United States — Prestio is an end-to-end Dealership eCommerce platform that enables dealers to sell cars fully online via our eCommerce Operating System that has three components: AI Marketing & Sales, Consumer portal, and Dealer OS.
  • Priva — Chicago, IL, United States — Priva is a regional transportation alternative to commuter flights - taking customers door-to-door in a private, connected, mobile office.
  • Reality AI — New York, NY, United States — Artificial Intelligence for developing Automotive products using sensors.  Runs in real-time, in firmware, on inexpensive commodity hardware. Reality AI holds 12 patents and 6 patents-pending, all in the field of machine learning as applied to sensors and signals.
  • Safecar — Detroit, MI, United States — Safecar is an Emergency-as-a-Service company that automatically connects people with 911 assistance without talking to dispatch.
  • Sawatch Labs — Denver, CO, United States — Sawatch Labs provides algorithmic decision making to vehicle fleet stakeholders around electrification, infrastructure, fleet right sizing and more.
  • SEEVA Technologies — Seattle, WA, United States — SEEVA Technologies creates safety and perception enablement systems to help vehicles see better in the ADAS/AV world.
  • Seoul Robotics — Seoul, South Korea, Korea South — Seoul Robotics specializes in real-time 3D data perception software that enables intelligent and safer mobility technology. It helps companies to fully utilize their 3D sensors at a fraction of development cost and time, without sacrificing the performance. Democratize Lidar software technology!
  • SICdrone — Boston, United States — SICdrone is a veteran owned unmanned aircraft company founded by aerospace engineers featuring aircraft effective in the small unmanned (sUAS), urban transportation (UAS) and satellite markets.
  • Sway Mobility Inc. — Cleveland, OH, United States — The Sway Mobility carshare platform combines operations, insurance, and technology to allow municipalities, neighborhood groups, transit authorities, and stakeholders to start or expand local carshare programs in small to mid-market cities.
  • Tesloop — Los Angele, United States — Connected Car Network for Data Driven Services and Car Sharing. Toposens — Munich, Bavaria, Germany — Toposens developed the world’s first 3D ultrasound sensor, a robust and affordable 3D sensor enabling close-range object detection for autonomous driving cars or mobile robots.
  • Vartega — Golden, CO, United States — Vartega creates low-cost recycled carbon fiber to make cars and trucks lighter for fuel economy improvements and emissions reductions.
  • Voxel51 — Ann Arbor, MI, United States — Find the signal in the noise of your video data using our automotive grade computer vision platform.
  • WaveSense — Somerville, MA, United States — WaveSense is accelerating the arrival of self-driving vehicles by using subterranean maps created with ground penetrating radar. Vehicles with WaveSense can navigate in common but challenging conditions such as snow, rain fog, poor lane markings, and areas with sparse landmarks.
  • Weather Telematics Inc. — Toronto, Canada — Weather Telematics Inc. provides the essential data to enable autonomous vehicles to operate safely in poor weather conditions.
  • Wise Systems — Cambridge, MA, United States — Wise Systems is an autonomous Dispatch & Routing solution that empowers operations teams and drivers to improve fleet efficiency and customer service, seamlessly adapting to the everyday challenges they encounter.
  • Xapix — San Francisco, CA, United States — Xapix is building an orchestration platform for digital mobility services, providing vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers with ultimate flexibility, speed, and security around data interoperability. This allows mobility companies to scale services faster and more secure than ever.
  • Xtelligent — Los Angeles, United States — Intelligent traffic signal integration using V2I/X2I connectivity and edge computing

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