A secret mystery area of the Lyft app appears only for Lyft drivers, and it’s the portal into a Lyft driving dimension that allows drivers to receive ride requests, see your location, and begin/end rides.
I recorded Driver Mode of the Lyft app and I captured all of the driver-only features in one short video. Check it out.
Here’s what Lyft drivers see in the Lyft app
Once a Lyft driver toggles driver mode, the map shows their current location. That’s about it. You used to be able to see the location of other drivers, but Lyft recently disabled that feature in favor of Prime Time heat maps. More on those maps later.
When a driver gets a ride request from a passenger, a large greenish button appears that gives the driver 15 seconds to accept the ride.
After the driver taps “accept,” the passengers location appears on the screen, along with an option to navigate to the passenger using the driver’s preferred map app (Google maps, Waze, Apple Maps).The driver then heads over to the location and taps a button to indicate that they have arrived. The meter starts at that point.
Lyft calculates the price of the fare using distance, time, and a $1 fee added to all rides. The price per distance or minute varies city by city.
At the end of the ride, the driver taps a huge red button to signal that the ride has ended.
And that’s all there is to it! It’s a very simple application that makes it really easy to connect riders and drivers.