Sidecar

Sidecar

**Out of business**

Sidecar was founded in 2012 in San Francisco. Its app, Sidecar, was developed to link riders to drivers in a cheaper, faster transportation network. Users simply download the app, make a profile with their payment information, and gain access to cheap rides all over serviced areas. 

The Good

  • Customization
  • Safety

Sidecar is a great deal for anyone living in its service areas. The ability to choose price, Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA), and even car model, to a degree, is a wonderful tool for its users. Additionally, Sidecar is generally cheaper than a taxi, and it has the benefit of being a digital experience-all arrangements, including paying the fare, take place in-app.

Sidecar performs all legally required background checks and histories to provide a safe experience, and a user-run ratings feature allows riders to check the quality of drivers before they get in the car. Additionally, Sidecar has a 24/7 service center for riders.

The Bad

  • Availability

The first thing that jumps out about Sidecar is its service areas-or lack thereof. While major cities like San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston are available, the company has not yet grown to the point of some of its competitors. Thus, those who want to rely on the app during travel to other places may be disappointed.

The Bottom Line

Sidecar is a great ride provider for those living within its service areas. For those who are looking for a cheaper ride and can stand to wait a little, Sidecar has a great system to help get the best deals. It seems like a practical app for those who care more about money than time, and for those who like to choose their own driver and vehicle type. Sidecar is a great alternative to the traditional taxicab.

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