SAN FRANCISCO (CNET) – Tired of waiting for taxis or paying big bucks for a limo service? A mobile app dubbed SideCar may be just the ticket.

SideCar plays matchmaker between people who need a lift and community drivers willing to give them a ride. Passengers reward the driver with a voluntary and cashless payment after they reach their destination.

How does it work?

Registered users of the iOS or Android versions can fire up the SideCar Passenger app and set the locations where they’d like to be picked up and then dropped off. The app then displays a suggested donation, and a ride is eventually arranged on the fly through one of the service’s drivers.

Just out of beta today, the service is currently available only in San Francisco. But SideCar is promising “lots of expansion very soon.”

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