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from http://venturebeat.com/ 1105 days ago

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Last night, alternative cab service Uber unveiled UberPool, an option to let you share an Uber ride with another passenger. This morning, competitor Lyft announced a similar offering, dubbed Lyft Line.

Lyft Line will initially be available on iOS in San Francisco, according to a blog post today from the startup. Passengers in San Francisco can get a first ride free as long as the bill doesn’t exceed $25, according to a statement.

UberPool, for its part, is in private beta, according to Uber’s blog post on the new service, and people at Google are early adopters of the program.

Lyft had its roots in sharing rides, through the Zimride service. Lyft started as an experiment in 2012 after Zimride had operated for years, Lyft co-founder Logan Green has said. Then, last year, Lyft sold Zimride to car-rental company Enterprise.

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