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Lyft Exec: Ridesharing Company Seeks Wider Reach in 2018

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Feb. 14, 2018—Ride-hailing company Lyft is in the midst of immense growth, and company executive Tali Rapaport recently spoke with the Associated Press about the company’s future, expressing optimism.

Lyft said it provided over 375 million rides last year, more than double the number from a year prior.

The ride-hailing company expanded to most of the U.S. in 2017, and even started in its first city outside the U.S., in Toronto. Speaking at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Rapaport, Lyft’s vice president of product, talked about what ride-hailing passengers can expect in the foreseeable future.

Highlights from the Associated Press interview included the following:

  • The Lyft executive said her company plans in 2018 to continue to invest in bringing shared rides to more places, and recently launched a concierge portal for third parties to call Lyft.
  • Rapaport noted that her company has a goal of being more “reliable” in suburban areas, and may do so by encouraging drivers to “pre-accept their schedule,” so they can plot out how to service areas where Lyft wouldn’t have previously had drivers.
  • The executive noted that she feels it will likely be “well over a decade” before autonomous vehicles truly become widely used in the U.S.

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