Sidecar remodels ride-sharing app for iOS, Android


sidecarIf conventional transportation options are driving you crazy, then Sidecar is for you. The peer-to-peer ride-sharing platform lets you sidestep taxis, buses and trains, instantly matching passengers with nearby drivers going in the same direction.

Sidecar is now up and running in metropolitan U.S. markets including the startup's native San Francisco along with Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Washington D.C. The startup recently rolled out an overhauled version of its free iOS app, introducing a new UI and revamped rider/driver feedback system as well as new features like a detour mode supporting deviations from the original travel plan and multiple stops, Facebook account creation, in-depth driver profiles and enhanced ride-booking options. A refreshed Android app is slated to follow.

But some lawmakers and cab companies want to ride Sidecar out of town on a rail. Co-founder and CTO Jahan Khanna spoke to FierceDeveloper about the retooled app, building for iOS and Android and the pressures of designing an app while grappling with legislative interference. Developer Workshop