A new ride-sharing service called SideCar has arrived in the District.
An app-based service called SideCar just launched in the District. It provides the public with a new option in getting around the city.
The app operates by connecting people who need a ride with drivers.
"It's very simple," says Nick Allen, co-founder of the technology-based service. "You pinpoint your location, where you are and where you're going, and it sends out a request to drivers in your area. And they see where you are and where you're going, and they make a decision if they like to give you a ride. At the end, you make a voluntary donation and go on your way."
Drivers must get a background check and have a car that meets the company's standards.
"Both driver and passenger rate each other as well, so people on the system are able to tell who's a good driver and who's a good passenger," says Allen.
He says SideCar already has more than 50 drivers in the District and will operate on Friday and Saturday nights during the initial launch period.