Lyft Wants to Help Seniors Without Smartphones Get Around
Ride-sharing services like Lyft give people yet another way to get around. It can be empowering to those who would otherwise be confined to their home, which could be a real asset to seniors. Lyft announced a new partnership with National MedTrans Network to help seniors get around more easily. According to TechCrunch, the idea is to help them with everyday activities, like getting to the grocery store or to appointments. They plan to do this through a new third-party web app called Concierge, which will allow its partners to call Lyfts even if they don't have their own smartphones. RELATED: Self-Driving Taxis Put Uber and Lyft on Notice
Over a quarter of Americans over 65 don't have a smartphone. Even if they do, apps can be a difficult concept and aren't easy for them to navigate. There are 3.6 million Americans who miss out on medical care because they don't have a ride. This partnership cold significantly reduce that number.
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Lyft is launching this effort in New York City with plans to roll it out in other areas over time. They're already fulfilling 2,500 rides a week through the service, but that's just a start. The service has the potential to provide seniors across the country with a better quality of life and easier access to the medical care they need.
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