asterRIDE Launches Ride Service In LA

Los Angeles--which already has a long list of smartphone driven, ride summoning services like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar--can add another one to ths list, AsterRIDE. asterRIDE said this morning that it will offer up a ride service app which relies on local taxi and limousine firms, helping licensed drivers provide smartphone driven services ala Uber. asterRIDE said it is debuting in Los Angeles this week, specifically to help users avoid surge pricing in those other ridesharing apps, and tapping into local cab companies like Beverly Hills Cab, LA Checker Cab and LA Independent Cab. The company said it apps lets users summon a taxi, limo, or black car through its app, and also provides better passenger safety than typical ridesharing apps. AsterRIDE competes not only with Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft, but also with taxi-driven smartphone app developer Flywheel and Curb, who are also active in LA.