Liftshare, a company that aims to get strangers to travel together, has launched an Android app in a bid to make its service more convenient for its users. 

The company claims that its service, which shares the same name and was previously only available via the web, helps those without access to a car to avoid public transport and save money. 

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The new app requires travellers to enter a destination and then see which drivers are going their way. Users can then choose the most-suitable driver using in-app messaging and verified profiles, with user reviews and additional information. Once happy with their selection, passengers can confirm their payment with a single tap.

Liftshare said the app will provide its community of over 420,000 people with "greater visibility and reach, enabling them to quickly post details of their car journeys within a few taps, while those who need a lift can get to destinations with ease."

The launch comes after train companies increased fares across the UK, with the price of an open single to Manchester climbing to £93. Liftshare claims that if the same journey was made using its service it would cost just £20. 

Liftshare claims that it is part of the sharing economy sector, which is looking to disrupt traditional industries. Uber is perhaps the best known company in the sector with its taxi-hailing app that is putting cabbies out of business, while Airbnb is also growing rapidy with its room-finding service that is disrupting the hotel industry. 

The UK government is currently carrying out a review of the sharing economy in a bid to understand the economic potential and social issues that are generated when people share products and services over the internet.  

The new Liftshare app can be downloaded for free on Google Play.

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