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Lessons from new Go LA app: Uber burns fewer calories than driving yourself

The new Go LA app integrates features of Google Maps, but includes trip options using Uber, Lyft, a motorcycle and others.
The new Go LA app integrates features of Google Maps, but includes trip options using Uber, Lyft, a motorcycle and others.
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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Wednesday announced the launch of a new, comprehensive trip-planning app for the region developed by Xerox Corp.

The Go LA app works much the way Google Maps does, generating times and routes for walking, biking, driving and transit between two points.

But the new free app also offers options for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft and shows the cost, carbon footprint and calorie burn for each choice.

Users can set their preferences for which transit modes they would like to include for potential routes and sort trip options by which is fastest, cheapest or greenest.

The screenshot at left shows selected mode options to include in route searches. The screenshot at right shows suggested routes filtered by which are cheapest. You can also select
The screenshot at left shows selected mode options to include in route searches. The screenshot at right shows suggested routes filtered by which are cheapest. You can also select "Sooner" or "Greener" as filters.
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Our initial test run of the app yielded some interesting observations:

Go LA can be dowloaded from the Google and Apple app stores or from www.golaapp.com.

Have you tried the app out yet? Let us know what you think about it in the comments or tweet us @KPCC.