Lyft follows Uber in opening up its API to 3rd-get together builders, beginning with Fb Messenger

Lyft follows Uber in opening up its API to third-party developers, starting with Facebook Messenger

Lyft is now permitting third-get together builders to construct on its platform, beginning with Fb Messenger right now.

Uber opened its API to 3rd-social gathering builders greater than 18 months in the past, saying a companion integration with Fb Messenger in December, which allowed Messenger customers to order or schedule an Uber and let their buddies know they’re on their means by way of the mixing since that point.

The Lyft-Messenger integration is just about the identical as Ubers and it might appear Lyft is late to the get together, however Lyft counters it employed the workforce main this companion integration a mere six months in the past.

The staff has been fairly busy since approaching board, based on Lyft staff lead Vishay Nihalani. The fuzzy pink rideshare unicorn introduced a Slack partnership in October and a journey trade partnership with each the Chinese language equal Didi Kuaidi and India’s Ola.

Lyft follows Uber in opening up its API to third-party developers, starting with Facebook MessengerNihalani, who got here to Lyft about 10 months again, now plans to take the corporate from a transportation app right into a transportation platform. He’s working together with his workforce to combine the journey exchanges promised inside Didi and Ola and to make many extra partnerships practical utilizing the Lyft API.

“The aim is to make Lyft ubiquitous throughout a constellation of apps and providers and to offer our passengers with entry to transportation wherever our passengers are,” Nihalani stated.

Like Uber, Lyft says it’s at present working with “hundreds” of builders in numerous levels on the platform.

So what is going to we see with the Lyft API? A Lyft spokesperson tells me the main target is on messaging, transportation and worldwide journey.

Uber’s third-celebration companions have enabled clients to schedule a journey so far night time, glean information on drunk driving incidents, order an Uber to a Hinge connection, or seize a experience proper after touchdown utilizing United’s smartphone app.

Messenger appears to be a pure match for each rideshare corporations hoping to realize market share all over the place. Associates and teams can use it to let one another know they’re on their approach or to schedule a experience for the opposite individual.

Lyft tells me it has additionally rolled out an integration with the London-based mostly CityMapper. No plans for Lyft to launch within the U.Okay., based on the corporate, however it does see potential with the app in New York Metropolis, the place CityMapper is beginning to achieve steam.

The large apple is a goal marketplace for Lyft and the corporate has taken nice measures to review transportation right here so it additionally appears to b a pure match with Lyft’s API plans.

Xerox, RideScout and GlobeSherpa have additionally partnered with Lyft utilizing the API.

Lyft is rolling out Messenger integration in eleven cities, together with San Francisco, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Nashville, Austin, Washington D.C., Denver, and extra. The service will probably be out there to all Messenger customers all through the U.S. subsequent week.

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