Technology is a wonderful thing, isn’t it? Robots you can have sex with! Bluetooth salt shakers! Literal, actual banana phones! Truly we are living in a new age of innovation. Tomorrow’s World, eat your heart out.
And the latest piece of truly visionary invention has come courtesy of transport company and Uber rival Lyft. The company has created what they’re calling the ‘Lyft Shuttle’, which allows users to “ride for a low, fixed fare along convenient routes with no surprise stops”. All you have to do, the company says, is “walk to the stop. Hop in. Hop out. Walk to destination”.
It’s a bus. They’ve invented the bus.
It’s not the first time a disruptive ride-sharing app has accidentally invented the bus, either. Uber has also been guilty of the same thing.
Despite the fact that THIS IS VERY OBVIOUSLY JUST A FUCKING BUS AND EVERYBODY KNOWS HOW BUSES WORK, some Twitter users have found the whole concept kind of difficult to get their heads around.
But hey, maybe we’re being too harsh on Lyft. Yes, they may have just invented the bus, the first example of which was created in 1823, but their version has loads of disruptive new elements. Case in point:
Everyone saying Lyft Shuttle is "just a bus" is missing the disruptive innovation: a bus that excludes people too poor to own a smartphone— Hayes Davenport (@hayesdavenport) June 19, 2017
The innovation in Lyft re-inventing the bus is that they re-invented a bus that doesn't use unionized drivers.— Crypto Cuttlefish (@cuttlefish_btc) June 19, 2017
Lyft Shuttle: buses without the poor people. What an innovation.