The concept of “ridesharing” may be growing in some big cities, but companies that coordinate the service need to drive around a few obstacles before heading down any Nebraska roads.
Ridesharing is popular with smartphone users in metro areas. An app links motorists with would-be passengers who will pay for rides. They can pay using the app and even add electronic tips.
Two ridesharing companies, both based in California, have been advertising for drivers in Nebraska on social networking sites like Facebook and Craigslist. Lyft and Uber are seeking drivers in Columbus, Lincoln and Omaha.
The state Public Service Commission is warning both companies they first need the panel’s permission before they can start offering the service here. So far, neither has applied.