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Ride-hailing is a term to describe booking rides and paying for car service through a smartphone app with a transportation network company (TNC) such as Uber or Lyft.

The term "ridesharing" has been used to describe TNCs, but it has been widely argued to be inaccurate, and hence the ride-hailing term was introduced. The Associated Press recommends against using the term "ride-sharing " for TNC services because services broker private transportation and resemble a taxi.[1]

  1. "The AP bans the term "ride-sharing" for Uber & Lyft", Greater Greater Washington Blog. http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/25405/the-ap-bans-the-term-ride-sharing-for-uber-lyft/. Accessed 3-July-2016