Cheap, on-time, reliable transport is incredibly important to anyone who needs to get around. Services like Uber and Lyft have thrived because they can provide transport quickly and flexibly but also because they’re cheaper than hiring a cab. Both companies have effectively disrupted taxi services as we know it but are they really always the cheaper option and which of the two is cheaper? If you’re on a budget and trying to get to a specific destination, Up Hail Discover is a web service you might want to check with before you order a cab. The service lets you select a point of origin, a budget, and select a taxi service to see how far you can get on it.
Visit Up Hail Discover and select a point of Origin. Use the slider to set the budget for your trip and use the drop-down to select a taxi service. Up Hail supports Uber (all types of rides), Lyft (Plus and Line), and Taxicab.
The results are shown on a map with a radius drawn to indicate how far you can go on your budget. You can zoom in for a closer look.
The great thing about Up Hail is that it’s a visual tool. It does lack support for setting a destination which means it’s only good for seeing how far you can get with a certain amount of money. It’s usefulness is limited so that it’s good for planning but not necessarily for price comparison when you have a set destination in mind.
The results might be improved if, in addition to the visual representation on a map, the service also notified you as to which areas you can get to on your current budget. For example, in our test we checked how far we could get with $6 from Grand Central Terminal and got the radius shown in the screenshot above. If the results included something like an alert that says ‘You can get to Times Square’ it would be exceptionally more useful. The service is in Beta so we can expect improvements and possibly new features as well.
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