Lyft’s Newest Feature Will Make Drivers Wait While You Run Errands
In a press release that is sure to send Lyft drivers completely off the wall, the company announced that passengers will soon be able to add multiple stops to a trip. Ensure the horror stories ahead.
“Whether you’re picking up a friend or a bottle of vino, just add your stop into the app and your route will instantly update — making it a seamless experience for you and your driver,” the announcement reads. "Think of how an extra stop can add to your day — maybe it’s grabbing a coffee on the way to work or your dry cleaning before going home,“ the press release continues. "We look forward making this available to you.”
As a city that utilizes apps like Uber and Lyft around the clock, adding this new feature could easily free up congestion on the roads or completely stuff it up. While, yes, being able to make multiple stops along your trip at the tip of your fingers is great, we wonder how will Lyft price this additional service and in the long run, how much will drivers be paid to wait on people wanting their dark roast from Sightglass. One potential consequence for drivers, especially those who sit idle in bike lanes or otherwise blocking traffic, which the SFPD and SFMTA have reportedly been cracking down on more lately.
SFist reached out to Lyft for a clarification, “[The new feature is] more focused on dropping multiple people off vs. running errands,“ explained spokesperson Tim Rathschmidt. "In the errand use case, the Lyft driver would wait, but the ‘meter’ is still running!”
It’s double parking madness.
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