Sidecar to Close Ridesharing, Delivery Service on Dec. 31

By Brandy Shaul Comment

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Ridesharing and delivery service Sidecar will close on December 31, according to a blog post from Sidecar co-founder and CEO Sunil Paul.

Sidecar was founded in 2011, and allowed users to connect with drivers in their personal vehicles. In February 2015, Sidecar expanded to offer same-day delivery for packages, restaurant orders, flowers and groceries.

Paul wrote:

Long ago we conceived of the technology that gave rise to the rideshare movement. And nearly four years ago we invented what is now known as “ridesharing” with an app that connected riders with everyday drivers in their personal vehicle. People loved it. It was safe, convenient and affordable, and it quickly caught on …

Our vision is to reinvent transportation and we’ve achieved that with ridesharing and deliveries. It is, however, a bittersweet victory. Shutting down the Sidecar service is a disappointment for our team and our fans. The impact of our work, however, will be felt for generations to come. We changed transportation law, and created a new mode of transportation that has transformed cities and made life easier and better for millions of people.

Sidecar’s ride-sharing and delivery operations will cease at 2 p.m. PT on December 31. Paul said the closure will allow the company to ‘work on strategic alternatives and lay the groundwork for the next big thing.’

Readers: Are you sad to see Sidecar shut down its ridesharing and delivery service?

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