This App Lets You Request Someone To Drive You & Your Car Home
We've all been there: go to a bar for just a drink, but end up having so many that you have to ditch your car on the street for the night and Uber home. But now, there's a new service that launched today where you can not only get someone to drive you home, but take your car back, too.
Luxe, a valet app that's already operating in Los Angeles, just launched their Drive Home function. So far, it's only available in Hollywood and downtown L.A., but they hope to expand to other parts of the city. It's available in the evenings from Thursdays through Saturdays.
The way it works is that you download the Luxe app and select the Drive Home option on the app's additional services menu. You drop a pin on the map showing where you and your car are, and schedule when you'd like to be picked up. It will alert the closest drivers to you, and you can track their progress on a map on the app. Just make sure you order the service an hour before it closes for the day. It costs $25 plus $3 per mile, and is capped at 40 miles.
The valet drivers find their way to your car either by riding a scooter or skateboard, walking or running. He or she will show up at your requested time wearing Luxe's identifying blue polo or jacket. You'll recognize the driver based on their profile picture that will show up in your app. They, too, have a photo of you on their end, something that you include when you set up your account, just like a ride-sharing app. They then drive you in your car and take you home.
Luxe tells LAist that they do full criminal and background checks on the drivers going back seven years. And if for some unlucky reason your driver gets into a car crash, Luxe has a $5 million insurance policy in place to cover repairs and rental cars, if needed.
This isn't the first time we've heard about this type of service operating in Los Angeles. There have been talks about this going on in Koreatown, though it sounds like it's exclusive to people who speak Korean, and there's another app competing for the same business, called BeMyDD—however, Luxe appears to be cheaper.
Luxe's first launched their Drive Home service in San Francisco, and then expanded to Chicago and Seattle.