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    Here at The Rideshare Guy, we’re all about ridesharing: what to know about it, strategies to earn more as a driver, and more. If you’re looking for a list of rideshare companies, you’ve come to the right place!

    Below, we’ll cover what a rideshare company is, the best-known rideshare companies in the world, and answer your rideshare-related questions.

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    What is a Rideshare Company? 

    First, let’s talk about what ridesharing is in the first place. Basically, a ridesharing company provides the technology needed to book and dispatch rides, connecting passengers with drivers in an affordable, convenient way.

    Carpooling vs Ridesharing

    There’s a subtle distinction between carpooling services and ridesharing services. Carpooling tends to be people who know each other or work at the same company and agree to give each other rides to and from work to cut down on how many cars are on the road and split the cost of gas to make it a better deal for all parties involved. Typically no money exchanges hands in this kind of scenario.

    There are sometimes carpooling services as part of your local metro transit offerings. This wouldn’t likely be free, but it would be an affordable option for most. 

    On the other hand, ridesharing tends to be a hired driver/car service that will transport a passenger or several passengers (typically in the same party) from point A to point B. There is an exchange of money for the service of driving the passengers. 

    Top Rideshare Companies in the Industry

    Uber

    Uber is the top rideshare company in the industry, with a majority stake in the marketplace. They have been around since being founded in 2009 under the name Ubercab. It has since shortened its name to simply Uber and has gone public. 

    While Uber is probably best known for its rideshare services, it also has delivery service options. There is extensive information about Uber; learn more Uber Passenger & Driver Statistics, Demographics, Revenue & More.

    Services: UberX, UberX Share, Uber Comfort, Uber Black, Uber Black SUV, Uber Cab, Uber WAV — some are only available in select markets

    Uber is currently available all over the United States and is in 10,000+ cities around the world. Find out exact locations here.

    Pros: 

    • Widely known and well established
    • Offer earning guarantees in select markets
    • Allow tipping within the app
    • Has safety protocols in place for drivers and passengers

    Cons: 

    • Support can be difficult to get ahold of/difficult to solve issues
    • Relatively low pay for drivers (learn more about driver pay: How Much Do Uber Drivers Make)
    • High turnover rates for drivers

    Lyft

    Lyft is the second largest rideshare company in the United States. It was founded in 2012 under the name Zimride. It has since been updated to just being called Lyft and has gone public. They used to be known for having drivers sport bright pink mustaches to stand out. 

    Services: Lyft (Standard or Wait & Save), Lyft XL, Bikes & Scooters, Priority Pickup, Preferred Mode, Lyft Lux, Transit

    Lyft is available only in the United States and Canada. Find a full list of available cities here

    Pros:

    • Widely available within the United States and certain parts of Canada
    • Allows in-app tipping
    • Offers promotions and bonuses to qualified drivers
    • Has safety protocols in place for drivers and passengers

    Cons:

    • Not all drivers are given promotions or bonuses each week
    • Relatively low pay for drivers
    • High turnover rates for drivers

    Alto

    Alto is a Dallas-based startup. They set themselves apart from other rideshare services by offering vehicles for their drivers to use for the ridesharing services instead of drivers using their personal vehicles to give rides. They offer rides on-demand or pre-scheduled pickups. 

    Services: Pre-scheduled rides, On-demand rides (all vehicles are luxury and safety-equipped)

    Alto is currently available in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley.

    Pros:

    • Hourly earnings for drivers
    • Offer employee benefits
    • Insurance, gas, and vehicle maintenance is covered by Alto

    Cons:

    • Limited locations currently, but continuing to expand
    • Membership-based

    Via

    Via began in the rideshare industry in New York City in 2012. Most rides are considered shared on the platform, as passengers are shuttled around their market, and dropped off within a block or two of their destination to avoid unnecessary detours.

    Services: 

    Via is available in several cities around the US, including Arlington, TX; Birmingham, AL; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Milwaukee, WI; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; Seattle, WA; St. Louis, MO; Washington, D.C., and more. For a full list, click here

    Pros: 

    • Drivers tend to earn more on average than the larger rideshare companies
    • Offer leases to prevent wear and tear on personal vehicle
    • Provides onboarding orientation
    • Live support

    Cons: 

    • Not as widely available, though it continues to expand

    Wingz

    Wingz is based in San Francisco and was founded in 2011, originally known as Tickengo. One thing that sets Wingz apart from its competitors is that passengers can set a favorite driver and request them for future rides. They boast that all rides are at a flat rate that will not be subject to surges or other surprise charges. The company specializes in airport pickups and drop-offs. 

    Services: Private, Scheduled, Fixed-price

    Wingz is available in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco Bay Area, and Tampa. 

    Pros: 

    • Drivers report higher earnings
    • Drivers know the destination before accepting the ride
    • Passengers can select favorite drivers

    Cons:

    • Poor driver support

    Ziro

    Ziro is a startup rideshare company that only takes the booking fee from each ride, leaving the driver with the rest of the earnings to keep for themselves. 

    Services: Economy, Business, XL

    Ziro is currently available in San Francisco. Coming soon to Alameda, Berkeley, Campbell, Cupertino, Castro Valley, Daly City, Fremont, Larkspur, Milpitas, Mountain View, Mill Valley, Oakland, Palo Alto, Richmond, Redwood City, San Leandro, San Jose, San Bruno, San Mateo, San Rafael, San Pablo, Hayward, and Union City.

    Pros:

    • Potential for higher earnings

    Cons: 

    • Not readily available in most markets
    • Not much information is available

    Flywheel

    Flywheel is a taxi company that has updated its offerings to appeal to the rideshare-driven industry. 

    Services: E-hail, Pair & Pay

    Currently available in San Francisco, Fort Lauderdale, Washington, D.C, and Houston, TX.

    Pros:

    • Updated taxi offerings
    • Passengers can pay in-app or using a provided tablet

    Cons: 

    • Not widely available

    Bolt

    Bolt is based in Estonia, and it is valued at $8.4 billion. Drivers for Bollt can choose to drive full-time or part-time based on their availability. They ask for 10-20% of the trip fare in payment.

    Services: 

    Bolt is currently available in Europe in the following countries: Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Switzerland, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Finland, France, United Kingdom, Georgia, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Moldova, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

    It is also available in Africa, Asia and Latin America. For a full list of cities and countries, click here

    Pros:

    • Flexible hours for drivers to choose when to drive
    • Widely available across most of the world

    Cons:

    • Not available in the U.S.

    Curb

    Curb is a taxi app, allowing passengers to order a taxi on the app or “pair & pay” by pairing the passenger with a taxi and paying in a different manner than on the Curb app directly. Similar to Flywheel.

    Services: Whatever Taxi services are typically available in your market

    Curb is available in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New Orleans. 

    Pros:

    • Drivers set their own hours
    • 24/7 support available
    • Track earnings in real-time

    Cons:

    • Not widely available

    DiDi

    DiDi is a China-based ridesharing company with over 550 million users and tens of millions of drivers on the platform. 

    Services: DiDi Taxi, DiDi Express, DiDi Premier, Designated Driving, DiDi Bus, DiDi Luxe, and Bike-Sharing.

    DiDi is available in Mainland China, Mexico, Australia, Japan, Brazil, Colombia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Chile, Costa Rica, Panama, Russia, Peru, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, and Egypt.

    Pros:

    • Rival to Uber
    • Offers female-oriented career development
    • Named one of the 100 Most Influential Companies by Time

    Cons:

    • Not available in the U.S.

    FAQs

    What is the largest rideshare company?

    That would be a toss-up between Uber and DiDi. If we’re just talking about the United States, it would definitely be Uber. But if you include the world, DiDi would likely win that battle.

    What is the best ridesharing service?

    This depends on what someone is looking for in a ride sharing service. If you’re talking about market availability, again the answer would be Uber. If you’re talking about pay for drivers, Wingz or Alto would take the top spot. Learn more about the differences between Uber and Lyft in the article Uber Vs Lyft — Which One Is Better To Drive For? 

    What is the most popular rideshare?

    Uber is the most popular rideshare service in the United States.

    Which rideshare is best for drivers?

    Again, this depends on what drivers are looking for. Alto offers better pay, but employee status, whereas many drivers prefer being independent contractors. Wingz offers the information drivers seek (pay and destination) upfront, making them a leader in that respect.

    Is there an alternative to Uber and Lyft?

    There are alternatives in larger markets. If you’re in a smaller market, the chances are less likely you’ll be able to find an alternative to Uber or Lyft. 

    Ridesharing Apps for Kids

    There has been an upsurge in options available if you want to transport your children without parental supervision. Generally speaking, in a standard rideshare company like any of the ones listed above, drivers are not allowed to accept passengers under the age of 18. 

    With a ridesharing app built for kids, you can find services available for picking your kids up from school, dropping them off at school and other similar activities. Some even offer daycare services so your child can be looked after until you are home from work. 

    To learn more about this concept and what services are available, read Comparing the Top 4 Rideshare Apps for Kids

    Summary

    Rideshare companies are becoming more available, and startups are constantly trying to shake things up, aiming to take a larger stake in the market. If you’re looking for true alternatives to Uber and Lyft in the United States, some rivals are trying to offer more options to drivers and riders alike. However, for now, Uber and Lyft are the top rideshare companies in the US. 


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    Paula Lemar

    Paula Lemar

    Paula has been writing for the Rideshare Guy since the fall of 2018. The main focus of her articles has been breaking news, reviewing new apps, driver experiences and more. Prior to her time with the Rideshare Guy, Paula worked as a writer and editor for various publications including local newspapers, sporting goods catalogs, online merchandise and more. She currently has a full-time job editing for a top beauty company and enjoys reading, playing board games and participating in weekly trivia.