Cloud apps have made travel easier than ever for busy professionals, allowing them to capture receipts, track flight status, and store hotel reservation confirmations for easy retrieval. One area of cloud-based travel management that is rapidly growing, though, is ground transportation. Several new apps are now available that can help a professional ensure he’ll have transportation from Point A to Point B once he arrives at his remote destination.
Need a cab? You no longer have to pick up the phone and call a local cab company. Uber allows travelers to hail a cab using a mobile device, calling a taxi with just one tap on the screen. Scheduling and payment is handled through the app, eliminating the need to carry cash. Travelers can also use Uber to hail a luxury vehicle or SUV, making it a close competitor to Lyft.
Lyft has passengers relying on local, trusted drivers who attach pink mustaches to the front of their cars. All drivers are background checked, so you know you’ll be in good hands. The service also has drivers greeting passengers with fist-bumps, to add an element of whimsy to the experience. When you select a driver, you’ll see a picture of both that driver and the car, so you’ll know what to expect when your ride shows up.
If public transportation is part of your travel plan, RideScout can help. This app shows all of the transportation options around a city to help travelers learn about all taxi, rideshare, bicycling, bus, and walking directions. The app is only available in Washington, D.C., Boston, San Francisco, and Austin, Texas, but plans are in place to expand to other places soon.
As you head out for your next business trip, these solutions can help things run more smoothly. You’ll feel more confident in traveling by plane, knowing that once you land you’ll have an easy way to get a ride, wherever you need to go while in town.