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Uber, Lyft - The History of Ride-Hailing Apps

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Taxi cabs haven't quite become a thing of the past. But, they are feeling the squeeze thanks to a growing number of services that have made everything from rides to food as easy as a 'tap of the button'.

Here's a breakdown of some of the top ride-booking apps in the world and how they started.

About Lyft's History

In 2007, 'Zimride' is created. Founder Logan Green created it to share rides between college campuses.

In 2012, Lyft, a Zimride service, is launched in San Francisco.  The ride was easily recognized thanks to its fuzzy pink mustaches affixed on the front of the vehicles.

Lyft is reportedly the second-largest booking app by volume.

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About Uber's History

According to Digital Trends, Uber is by far the most popular ride-booking app. In a letter from Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, 'the rise of smartphones, the advent of app stores, and the desire for an on-demand work supercharged Uber's growth".

100 million riders have reportedly 'tapped the button' as part of this new standard of consumer convenience.

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About Gett's History

Gett, formerly known as GetTaxi, is just making its way to the United States.  The app reaches globally in the U.K. and Israel. 

Currently, if you want to use Gett in America, you have to request a Lyft ride through the Gett app.  The company's website promises stress-free ground travel anywhere in the world.

Timeline of Ridesharing Apps

In 2019, the ride-hailing service UberCap (later called Uber) goes public. Travis Kalanick, who would later be named CEO of the company, started Uber with Garrett Camp. The two designed Uber to allow customers to order black car services from their phones. 

In 2012 Lyft got its start. The company started out as a part of Zimride--becomes its own company. 

A couple of months later, Uber unveils its "UberX" feature, which allows users to hail cheaper cars.  

Later that year, DiDi launched in China. 

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