Lyft's first stop outside the US

Uber updated its ride scheduling feature.                  Getty Images

Uber updated its ride scheduling feature. Getty Images

It appears Uber will have some fresh competition in the city as popular US ridesharing company Lyft expands to Toronto.

Lyft is in 300-odd cities across the U.S. but has so far shied away from taking on its biggest rival elsewhere, and other upstarts outside its home market.

'Before you know it, Lyft will be coming to you live in Toronto, ' the company said in a blogpost, without giving a launch date.

While the firm hasn't revealed exactly when the service will hit the streets of Toronto, the blog post says 'Lyft will be around to help ring in the holidays'.

The company said it was accepting applications for drivers, but did not offer additional details and did not respond to a request for comment.

"We've heard from many Torontonians that they wanted to have Lyft as an option in their city and we're excited to be a part of this community".

The Lyft app is now available to 95% of the population in the USA, up from 54% at the start of the year.

Last year, Toronto approved rules that would allow ride-hailing services to operate, after earlier clashes between Uber, regulators and traditional taxis. Lyft's chief rival, Uber, is already available throughout the US, Canada, and in several more countries internationally.

Lyft and Alphabet already have a relationship through a partnership Lyft struck with Waymo, Alphabet's self-driving vehicle unit, in May.

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