US based ride-sharing service Lyft has announced a new programme with its international partners – Grab and Didi – that will allow users to call for rides using each others apps. This means that Grab users will be able to call for Lyft drivers while in the US or Didi rides in China; without the need to download a new app.
The feature is being rolled out for beta testing week by Lyft, although it is expected that Grab and Didi will follow suit soon enough. It isn’t entirely a big deal for those who only use ride-sharing services in their home countries; but it does change things for international travelers. Especially since it allows the user to pay for the trip using their own currencies.
Lyft is saying that the feature will be expanding its cooperation with its partners of the course of the year; and it looks like this is only the first step in the alliance between the three services. Lyft, Grab, and Didi had joined forces to directly compete with Uber; and it looks like the group believes that integrating their services is one of the ways to achieve it.
Grab has not made any statements on the matter just yet, but we expect to hear something as soon as the company is prepared to roll out the feature.