Lyft has become more accessible with the launch of support for the mobile browser. What this means is that you no longer have to download the company’s iOS or Android app in order to request a ride. At launch, regular Lyft rides will be provided, but its carpooling and premium services won’t be.
If you’re not on a iOS or Android device, visit m.lyft.com to quickly request a ride. The first thing you’ll have to do is enter your phone number, after which Lyft will send you a text message to verify your information. From there, you’ll be prompted to allow the web service to use your current location. And then it’s business as usual. Lyft will keep your payment information on file, and you can enter in your destination or get a fare estimate.
Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a way to log out of the mobile web experience — I closed the browser tab and went back to m.lyft.com only to see my information still displayed.
The advantage of mobile web support is that it brings the Lyft ride-hailing service to everyone, even those who use BlackBerries or Windows Phones.
Lyft’s main competitor, Uber, allows the same mobile access via m.uber.com.
Updated as of 12:07 p.m. Pacific: Lyft said that it’s working on a log out feature which should be made available today.