This just in: Lyft is stepping up its game with the launch of Lyft Premier, meaning you’ll get picked up in a BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Lexus ES or Cadillac Escalade. All it’ll cost is, oh, twice what you might pay for a regular ride. While it’s currently available only in the Bay Area, LA and NYC, Lyft plans to roll it out in more cities soon. Of course, Lyft is not alone in competing with Uber for that link to your credit card account. It can be difficult to keep track of all the new car service apps entering the market, so we have compiled this helpful guide for you…
Headquartered in New York City, Juno considers itself a more ethical ride-sharing app. It uses an equity structure that facilitates drivers owning a piece of the company, and it takes a smaller cut of every ride–just 10% compared to Uber’s 20% to 25%.
Arro is a ride-hailing app that connects passengers directly with yellow taxis. It lets you order a licensed, fully insured cab with a professional driver, and it also allows you to pay for a ride that you’re already in.
Launched in Sheffield, England, in 2015, Lmey works similar to Uber, except your driver is guaranteed to have a British accent. For a few dollars more, you can even upgrade to Lmey’s partner site, Ckny, and you’ll be granted a driver with a Cockney accent.
Baby has a structure much like Lyft. The point of difference is that it only picks you up if you are carrying a baby. Note: This is not to be confused with the car service app INFT, in which your vehicle is driven by a child under the age of 5.
Operated out of a brownstone in Park Slope, Brooklyn, kale will pick you up anywhere in the United States and drive you to the nearest Whole Foods. It also uses a proprietary Doubler™ feature at checkout in which it takes a normal cab fare and multiples it by two.
Clwn is a lot like Juno. Except it uses a fleet of MINI Coopers and picks up passengers in groups of 16 or more.
Based on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Wudy is an exclusive ride-sharing app that will pick you up, but only if you can prove that you’re traveling with a stepchild who is also your spouse.
The brainchild of a Foxborough, Massachusetts, iconoclast, Brdy uses a fleet of Range Rovers to offer plenty of headroom for you and any supermodels you may be traveling with. Plus, for better grip on the pavement, its tires are slightly deflated.
Push is the most environmentally conscious of all the car service apps. A Push car’s gas tank is always bone dry. Jackson Browne’s “Running on Empty” plays as you and your driver push the car down the road. Note: This is not to be confused with the car service app E, in which your driver is high on Ecstasy.
Crry was voted the unanimous Most Valuable App at this year’s Car Service App Awards in Phoenix. It specializes in long-range trips. Its effectiveness greatly diminishes in June, however.