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Scoop: Uber and Lyft held talks to buy group ride startup Skedaddle

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images.

Uber and Lyft each held talks to acquire Skedaddle, a startup that creates group bus rides by matching customers headed in the same direction, Axios has learned.

  • Lyft says it's currently "not in discussions to acquire Skedaddle," and it's unclear if conversations with Uber remain active. Both Skedaddle and Uber declined comment.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing companies have long touted carpooling, and a service like Skedaddle could help them tackle the "groups" category (e.g., charter buses to sporting events).