My Night in the Fast Lane

Have you spent your whole life wanting to drive a cab? There's an app for that

I've always wanted to be a cabdriver. Every time I get in a taxi, I make the driver tell me crazy stuff that happened in the back of his car, tales of danger and celebrity gossip. It seemed like the perfect job: you get to interview people and yet never have to write.

So when Lyft, a ride-sharing company, launched in Los Angeles this year, I called the company's publicist to see if I could join. Lyft drivers use their own cars to pick up passengers who request rides through a smartphone app. Passengers sit in the front seat, fist bump...

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