Visitors to SXSW this week found a city without Uber and Lyft but where plenty of other ride sharing services have moved in. From CNN
"There's no secret sauce," Joe Deshotel, spokesman for Ride Austin told CNNTech. "The technology is becoming easier to replicate. It's really about culture. Do riders and drivers like what you're doing? Do they feel like they're a part of it?"
Ride Austin sprung up immediately after Uber and Lyft exited. Fasten, an existing Boston ridesharing service, followed suit and is among the most popular new services in Austin. Ride Austin will charge surge pricing, but Fasten does not. Fasten uses "boost pricing," in which a customer can get a ride quicker if they choose to pay extra.
Fare and Wingz, which specialize in airport rides, have also found a niche.
Many former Uber and Lyft drivers have joined these services. The cost is in the ballpark of what you would have paid for Uber and Lyft.