*Update 3.7.2018: As noted in the comments section below, it appears the Sitbaq app is currently not working. I’ll update here if I can figure out why.*
If the list of Uber execs leaving the company shown in today’s NY Times Bits update is any indicator, things are tumultuous at Uber HQ right now:
The #DeleteUber movement is in full swing, so the market seems ripe for another alternative to Uber.
Now we have one, and it’s called Sitbaq.
Where is it available?
Sitbaq is currently usable in the San Francisco Bay Area.
According to Justin Frankert, one of Sitbaq’s founders, the plan is to next expand to San Diego and Sacramento.
You can currently request a ride here:
How is it different from Uber or Lyft?
A few things:
- According to Frankert, Sitbaq bills itself as a reservation service. You can reserve a ride anywhere from 2 hours to up to a week in advance. Unlike scheduled rides with Uber or Lyft where the nearest driver is pinged a few minutes before your scheduled pick up, with Sitbaq your driver will accept your ride request ahead of time.
- You can add a driver as a favorite, and request them again in the future.
- Unlike Uber, you can tip your driver in the app, eliminating the awkward element of whether you’re supposed to offer up some dollar bills or not.
- Upfront pricing, without surges.
So you can only request future rides, not for right now?
Correct, for now.
Sitbaq plans to roll out on-demand rides later.
How much do drivers make on the rides?
The standard for Sitbaq is 85% of the fare. The percentage of the fare earned is usually 80% for Lyft drivers, 75% for Uber drivers and 90% for NYC’s Gett drivers.
I compared a few sample ride requests, and the Sitbaq fares seemed to be right around the same as UberX and standard Lyft prices.
I’ll post an update after trying out the app.
Here is the public code for $5 off a Sitbaq ride: SITBAQ5
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*Update 5.24: I’ve tried using the app twice, with no success. The first time, I scheduled a pick-up from the airport, but my flight was delayed so I had to cancel it. The second attempt, I was trying to get a late night ride to the airport. I requested two hours ahead, but no drivers were available “due to high demand.”