Stephanie RobeskyThe original Nerdgirl coming to you live from San Francisco. Founder of Grows Up™ (www.growsup.com). Living life in airplanes, underwater or enjoying fine dining and vino when not online building cool stuff for your enjoyment.
It is reported that Lyft, the ride-sharing service, has raised another $60million in addition to the $20million previously raised. Unbelievable! In case you live in a Hobbit hole, Lyft is the car service that allows anyone to turn their four-door into a taxi cab. It is like Uber for weirdos.
I have tried Lyft on a few occasions and have decided that the service is just not for me. First off, it is a weird concept to me that I can get into an unlicensed, untrained driver’s car. I understand that the taxi cabs in SF are just as random, but there is something disconcerting to me to get into a car of someone that is blasting loud music and the vehicle smells faintly of pot. Yes, this actually happened to me before. It was like catching a lift from a stoned 17 year old and it felt completely unprofessional and made me feel unsafe.
The other thing that I don’t like about Lyft is the barrier between professional driver vs random person giving you a ride. I LIKE the separation of being able to sit in the back of a car and not have to talk to the driver. With Lyft it feels strange, like the driver wants to be your best friend and wants to chitter chatter with you sitting up front. I don’t like that. It feels way to personal and awkward.
The other thing that I wasn’t impressed with were the prices. My Lyft ended up costing just as much as an UberX would have cost, but was way more socially uncomfortable.