Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the US announced Mono on Thursday. This is a wearable device that allows users to hail a ride by simply raising their hands. No more yelling and whistling. Not even calling a cab is necessary anymore. You raise your hand while wearing the gadget and one of the company’s drivers will come for you. They will get your location thanks to the built-in sensors that track your movement.
The design of the gadget will definitely not be everyone’s cup of tea. Even though Lyft describes the Mono as being “sleek and lightweight”, we must say that it could be a lot smaller and more discreet. A hitch-hiking thumb that lights up is somewhat cool, but it can also be seen as downright crazy. The Mono features motion triggered LED lights that show when a match was found, when the driver is on its way, and when the lift arrives. The lights blink faster or slower depending on the state of the request. Naturally, the gadget lights up in the company’s signature magenta color.
The gadget communicates with the Lyft app wirelessly. This way, users can hail a ride without needing to pull out their smartphones. According to the ridesharing company, the device will be available starting mid-April. In order to get one, customers need to add their name to a waitlist. They can do this by accessing LyftMono.com. There they can also find further details about the device. Even though the gadget is not available yet, those who wanted to see the device could check it out at the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace on Thursday, until 5 p.m. PDT. Would you like to own such a device at some point? Please share your thought on the matter with us in a comment.