America’s transportation company Lyft yesterday launched its service in Toronto, which is the first case of expanding this Uber competition outside the United States.
Lyft is being promoted as a more socially fairer version of the much larger and more popular Uber, which is being investigated by governments around the world for suspicion of concealing massive hacking of users data last year.
Hackers then stole 57 million names, email addresses and cell phone numbers from the database, including 600,000 drivers, and Uber tried to hide the data leak.
“This is a monumental day for Lyft. Passengers want a second option and drivers know that Lyft is built on caring for their driving community and they want that experience, “said Toronto general manager, Tim Haughton.
Haughton added that more than 50,000 people in the largest Canadian city dropped the Lyft application, but refused to specify how many drivers applied, pointing out only that there were more than 100.
Uber, on the other hand, has 32,000 drivers in Toronto who did at least four rides last month. It is obvious that Lyft has a long way to go if he wants to reach this pioneer of cargo services through mobile applications as well as taxi services.
Nevertheless, Lyft has had an impressive growth of business this time – as TechCrunch reports, doubling the number of driving and last 100 million rides in just three months, while the first 100 million rides were four years. Likewise, it currently offers service to as many as 95% of the US population, as opposed to 76% a year ago.
With that in mind, it is difficult for Lyft to think of spreading to Toronto. Perhaps their service for which year becomes available to us.