The interior of a yellow cab is one of the few places you can go to isolate yourself from the crush of humanity in midtown Manhattan, but you might soon rub elbows with strangers even in that sanctuary, thanks to a new ridesharing service.
The service is now live on two taxi hailing apps, Via and Get, the New York Post reported on Tuesday. Either one will offer you the option to share your ride, and if you're matched with others going in the same direction, you'll get a discount of up to 40 percent off your fare and a reduced booking fee of 95 cents, down from the standard $1.95.
Via's matching algorithms work much the same way as those that power competing offerings from Uber (UberPool) and Lyft (Lyft Line), including prompting you to walk to the corner of a block for a greater chance of being paired with another rider.
"Just as we route the vehicle in the most efficient way, we'll route an additional passenger," Via CEO Daniel Ramot told the Post. "For example, if a passenger's on 45th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, we might say walk to the northeast corner of 6th Avenue, and we'll pick you up there."
- Uber Tips for a Smooth RideshareUber Tips for a Smooth Rideshare
Following an update to the UberPool service last month, some Uber users in Manhattan must now walk to street corners so that drivers can minimize turns and other deviations from route they're already on.
Unlike ride-hailing options from Uber and Lyft, however, Via and Get won't offer you a discount if you're not matched with another passenger.
For now, the new taxi ridesharing service is available for routes between 32nd Street and 110th Street in Manhattan, although expansions to the entire borough and eventually across the city are in the works, according to the Post.
Apple also revealed a new iPad Pro, which will take advantage of some powerful multi-tasking features in iOS 11.
Starting a business doesn't have to be a long process anymore.
The steps to take when everything is on the line.
Today's Simple Habit update lets you download meditation exercises for offline listening.
Some services already offer in-app tipping, but drivers in New York City want the same from Uber.
Relax An App Lets You Share NYC Taxi Rides For a Discount stories
Don't expect to get a ride from a self-driving car in Beantown just yet, though: the company still has to secure the necessary permits.
If you've been paying attention to what some of the most popular social media apps have been doing as of late, Highlights won't be a new concept.
Want to start a business? There's an app - or four - for that.
Easily share all the reservations for your trip with the tap of a button, manually update your itinerary, and use the app to keep your train and bus reservations organized.
The electric plane will be able to take off and land vertically, and Uber hopes to have a fleet of 50 ready for testing in Dallas and Dubai by 2020.
A lawsuit filed yesterday in the Southern District of New York claims that the Windows version of Confide doesn't offer screenshot protection.
Microsoft plans to incorporate the best features of Wunderlist into a new app, To-Do, over the coming months, then discontinue Wunderlist.
Google settles antimonopoly lawsuit in Russia, pays $7.85 million in fines, and promises not to restrict rival search engines on Android.
Researchers from MIT have developed a series of tools called WaitSuite that test you on vocabulary words during times you wouldn't otherwise be doing anything.
Limiting your user base limits the damage of your mistakes and turns users into brand evangelists.
The new version of M launching today is completely automated, and will appear in your chats to make you aware of Messenger features you might not have known about.
With a minor processor refresh, does the MacBook Air still have what it takes to compete with a new ultraportable offering from Microsoft?
There's room for two smart voice platforms; Apple just wants HomePod to be in second place.
In 2014, Apple's CEO Tim Cook wrote an important letter about how the company makes money. He wrote, "a few years ago, users of Internet services began to reali...
The sequel to the beautiful Monument Valley will have you exploring improbable geometric structures and solving puzzles along the way.
The 'Battleborn' free trial gives you six free heroes, multiplayer access and an a la carte upgrade system.
The iPad Pro 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch are the newest, most powerful tablets you can buy, but do they merit an upgrade if you already have an iPad Pro?
Uber has started firing employees connected with sexual harassment, and
To get Apple's latest mobile OS, you have three options: become an Apple developer and try the beta; wait for the public beta in July; or wait for the final, stable version that arrives in the fall.
OnePlus unveils its fifth flagship phone on June 20th.
This fall, Apple Watch owners will get improved fitness-tracking features and new Siri watch faces.