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UZURV Adds Lyft To Advanced Scheduling Service

Travel Technology | Gabe Zaldivar | July 08, 2016

UZURV Adds Lyft To Advanced Scheduling Service

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Uber, Lyft and similar apps are great for immediate gratification in the form of rides that show up in a few minutes. But sometimes you just need to schedule a ride ahead of time.

Those riders who want to plan well ahead have been largely ignored by the likes of Uber and Lyft. Enter UZURV, which recently announced service for those using Lyft — previously the app catered to Uber users only.

Travelers can download the app in either Apple and Google Play and get rolling in responsible trip management.

Once downloaded, you will be asked to sign up with information like your name and phone number. From there you are taken to a screen with your exact location highlighted. A few more steps to go and you're all set.

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UZURV is in dozens of cities around the nation where scheduling in advance would make sense. A full list can be found here along with those areas to be added shortly.

UZURV adds another level of sophistication to already popular apps. Rather than create another ride-sharing solution, it is enhancing already established services.  

CEO and Founder Matt Donlon explains the impetus behind adding Lyft to UZURV’s offering, via press release: “Our users wanted Lyft as an option, so we gave them Lyft. And this is just the beginning. UZURV is not tied to any one rideshare provider. We would like to give all of our users a wide array of options so they can have the best experience possible.”

As for compensation, UZURV asks a discounted rate of 99 cents to reserve a ride. And the app also offers an Incentive feature, which is essentially a tip to woo drivers to want to accept a pre-scheduled fare.

Donlon recently spoke with The Richmond Times-Dispatch about the budding application and how it's faring among Uber and Lyft drivers: “We now have over 4,500 drivers who are ‘in status’ to use the platform.”

Donlon continued, “We hope to be in 46 markets by the end of July and 144 by the end of the year.”

The release noted that business travelers and elderly users are the key demographic at the moment. But we can also see a real value in UZURV in markets not necessarily resplendent with available drivers.

This would help lock down one of few Uber or Lyft drivers that operate in some of the smaller markets.

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It should be noted, however, that Uber and Lyft understand the need for such a service. Uber recently announced that it would try out advanced scheduling in the Seattle market. And Lyft offered a 24-hour window in San Francisco recently.

In the end, this just means the consumer has far more options than he or she did a few short years ago, which is always a great thing.


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