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Uber and Lyft are inching closer to making it easier for consumers to buy and use ride-sharing services in the United States.
The companies said Thursday they are making a pilot program to help consumers buy rides from ride-hailing companies, such as Uber, without the need to register with a car-hail company.
Uber said it will partner with ride-hopping service Zipcar, and Lyft said it is expanding its partnership with Grab in Los Angeles and New York City.
“We’re working to expand the pilot program with new partners as we continue to work to improve the experience for consumers,” said David Guggenheim, an Uber spokesman.
“Zipcar and Uber are excited to continue working together to improve transportation options in our region.”
The ride-shopping firms will allow consumers to purchase rides for an average of $3.49 with a ride-share driver, according to the companies’ website.
“Our goal is to make this experience even easier for both drivers and consumers,” Guggerheim said.
Uber, which offers a smartphone app and an app for its fleet of self-driving cars, said it has more than 100 million users.
Lyft, which is owned by a private equity firm, is hoping to grow its business by tapping into new markets in China and India.
It said it’s in talks with about 20 companies in China, India and the United Kingdom to expand its network of self -driving cars.
Uber and Zipcord said they would work with ride sharing services in Los Angelas, San Francisco, Seattle and the District of Columbia.