- Uber filed to go public last week, following in the footsteps of its rival, Lyft.
- The two ride-hailing services are constantly in competition to try to get customers to pick their app for their next ride.
- Some of the biggest differences between the apps include their safety features, rewards programs, and even the opinions of the drivers who work for both Uber and Lyft.
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The battle between Uber and Lyft is nothing new — the two platforms are natural rivals, fighting to get one step ahead and get customers to ride with their service. Only expect that to intensify once Uber joins Lyft as a publicly-traded company.
The differences between Uber and Lyft are minimal at this point, since the platforms are constantly mimicking each other’s best assets — sort of like Snapchat and Instagram — to try to one-up each other.
However, there are a few key ways in which the two services differ, so be advised before you call your next ride.
Here’s how two of the most popular ride-hailing app, Uber and Lyft, compare:
The first thing you should know is that I live and work in New York City, so that’s where I did all of my testing. Prices will vary depending on where you are in the world, as will which features and options you do and don’t have available.
On their face, Uber and Lyft are not so different. Open up either app, plug in your address, and you can be in a car and en route to your destination in just a few minutes.
When choosing your destination, both apps give you options to save your home and work addresses for easy access. However, Uber lets you have additional “saved places,” in case there’s anywhere else you often go. Either way, your favorite places are a little harder to find on Lyft — they’re at the bottom of the list of destination.