Lyft announced today that it will update its app for drivers to replace its old navigation system with Google Maps, in the hopes of saving drivers the hassle of switching back and forth between apps. Drivers who prefer Waze, though, can opt out of the in-app navigation, Lyft says.
Most drivers are already spending a lot of time swiping between multiple ride-hail apps like Uber, Lyft, Juno, and Gett, looking for the closest passenger or alerts of surging fares. On top of that, a lot of them depend on crowdsourced navigation apps like Google Maps or Waze, another Google-owned service. By integrating Google Maps into its app, Lyft is hoping to minimize the swiping, and also keep drivers locked into its own digital ecosystem.