Sidecar Competitors: Top 3 Companies in the On-Demand Ridesharing Industry

Sidecar Competitors: Top 3 Companies in the On-Demand Ridesharing Industry

Sidecar Competitors: Top 3 Companies in the On-Demand Ridesharing Industry

About Sidecar

Sidecar is a ridesharing company that provides a consumer ridesharing and carpooling app, but has shifted to focus on B2B on-demand deliveries. Founded in 2011 by Sunil Paul and Jahan Khanna, the San Francisco-based company offers three services: Sidecar, the ridesharing app; Shared Rides, which offers discounts for carpooled rideshares; and Sidecar Deliveries, which puts riders and package deliveries on the same route and is aimed more at businesses than consumers. The company, which has a presence in eight U.S. markets, has run into the same legal hurdles as other, larger ridesharing companies, running afoul of California's transportation laws before receiving legitimate status in 2014. Since mid-2015, its focus has largely been on its B2B and delivery services.

Sidecar has raised $35 million in venture funding from investors including Union Square Ventures, Google Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Virgin founder Richard Branson. Sidecar closed its $15 million Series C round, led by Union Square Partners and Avalon Ventures, in September 2014.

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About the on-demand ridesharing industry

An outgrowth of the sharing economy, ridesharing apps connect people who need a ride with people who have a vehicle and time to drive - notably, not necessarily people who are licensed taxi drivers. Companies like Lyft, Gett and Uber provide a smartphone app that lets consumers hail a ride, set their destination, and pay without leaving the app itself. The benefit to the consumer is ease of use, availability of rides, and sometimes lower prices than traditional taxis.

Many companies require at least some sort of certification for the drivers, and take a cut of the drivers' fares. Drivers can choose when they work (though they can receive bonuses for logging a certain number of hours) and provide their own vehicles. In the U.S., ridesharing companies argue that the work-when-you-want arrangement qualifies drivers as contractors, not employees. Despite legal battles and controversy over surge pricing, ridesharing companies have exploded in popularity, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Early entrants in the transportation app space, like Uber and Flywheel, were founded around 2009; new companies have been cropping up since. Overall, the industry has raised more than in $10 billion in venture funding.

Top Sidecar competitors in the on-demand ridesharing industry


  • Uber company profile
  • Founded: 2009
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Status: Private, late-stage
  • Total funding: $9.01 billion
  • Top investors: Baidu, Benchmark, Goldman Sachs


  • Lyft company profile
  • Founded: 2012
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Status: Private, late-stage
  • Total funding: $1.01 billion
  • Top investors: Mayfield Fund, Floodgate, K9 Ventures


  • Hailo company profile
  • Founded: 2011
  • Location: New York, NY
  • Status: Private, Series C
  • Total funding: $100.6 million
  • Top investors: Union Square Ventures, Accel Partners, Wellington Partners, Atomico Ventures

Sidecar competitors in the news

Lyft (via The Next Web)

According to a blog post from the company, a new partnership with retirement benefits provider Honest Dollar will offer savings plans for as low as $1 per month for the first 10,000 drivers who sign up. Drivers will have the ability to start and stop contributions to the savings plan at their own discretion, and have the ability to transfer the money from the savings account back into their checking. For those who miss the promotional period, the savings plan will cost $3 per month. However, Honest Dollar will still waive the fee for the first two months of enrollment. It seems that it might not be limited to just Lyft: Honest Dollar says that they will begin to expand partnerships and offer the plan to more gig economy workers.

Uber (via arstechnica)

Ride-hailing app Uber has lost another round in its battle with some drivers who filed a class-action lawsuit against it. In August, US District Judge Edward Chen ruled that drivers should be allowed to form a class.
In Uber's view, only a small percentage of the 160,000 people who have driven for Uber in California will ultimately be eligible. If drivers win the O'Connor v. Uber case, then Uber may be required to reimburse things like gas and maintenance expenses.

Hailo (via VentureBeat)

E-taxi company Hailo has launched a new service that lets any taxi driver in London accept credit card payments with just their badge number. First introduced in Ireland last week, the new service isn't aimed at Hailo customers specifically - any traveler can use it to pay a Hailo-registered taxi driver. Hailo has been pushing hard to regain the love of taxi drivers in the U.K. capital after the company moved beyond traditional black-taxis and began offering private cabs too.

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