Juno car app: Uber vs Juno: Which Is the Better App in NYC?

Uber vs Juno: Which Is the Better App in NYC?

The ride-hailing space is quickly becoming a crowded one, with scores of apps promising you a lift at the tap of a button.

Juno is one of the newer apps to enter the space.

Based in NYC, it started as a company that promised to make drivers the co-owners in the business, offering equity in the company for everyone who came to work for them.

The company has since been acquired and doesn’t quite offer that anymore, but it does boast that it pays drivers better than competitors, and promises the best drivers in the greater New York City area.

In this article we’ll look at Juno and compare it to one of the biggest companies in the field, Uber.


  • What Are Uber and Juno?
  • A Comparison Between Uber and Juno
  • Two Ride-Hailing Companies for Different Rides

What Are Uber and Juno?

How did each of these companies get their start, and what do they specialize in?

Here’s some background for each app.

All About Uber

Uber is one of the most ubiquitous ridesharing services in the world and a great success of the modern digital age.

The app allows you to hail a ride almost anywhere in the United States and, increasingly, the world.

Uber offers ease of use for smartphone users, in that it allows you to hail a car to your direct location with the touch of a button.

You can see how much a ride will cost before you book, see the expected arrival time, and rate and review your driver once the ride is complete.

The company started in 2009, founded by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp as a disruptor to the taxi business and has aggressively expanded since.

It has caused some headaches for cities as it has done so — some cities view it as a welcome disruption and a great service for its residents, others are concerned about loss of revenue (cities charge taxi companies for the right to operate a cab in their city).

All About Juno

Juno is also a ride-hailing service.

You download the Juno app, hail drivers, put in a location, and pay and tip with your credit card in the app.

At its start, the service was limited to NYC — Manhattan and Brooklyn — but has since expanded into more of New York and some parts of New Jersey, with plans to expand going forward.

Founded by Viber creator Talmon Marco in 2016 and sold a year later to Gett, the company is pitched as the “socially responsible way to ride.”

Juno makes this claim as the company says it pays more money per ride to drivers than competitors Lyft and Uber, boasting 60 to 65 percent lower commissions than the other companies.

Juno was initially founded as a venture that offered drivers equity in the company, a policy that was discontinued when Juno was acquired by Gett, a ride-hailing company originally founded in Israel.

Drivers were given “restricted stock units,” or RSUs, provided they worked for the company for over 120 hours a month.

When the company was sold, many Juno drivers were disappointed to only get paid out around $100 for the RSUs they had accumulated.

While drivers no longer can get equity in the company, it still boasts lower commission fees than competitors.

Basically, the service gives New Yorkers another ride-hailing option, and perhaps one that will leave them feeling a bit better about where their money is going.

A Comparison Between Uber and Juno

The most obvious difference between the two companies is that a Juno driver can expect to take home more money than Uber drivers typically will per ride.

Juno also boasts that it has the highest rated drivers and cars in the city of New York.

For riders, there are several differences.

Let’s break them down by category.

Ride Type

For one, Uber gives you a lot of options when it comes to selecting what kind of Uber ride you want, based on what you are looking for regarding price, privacy, amount of people, and car type.

UberBLACK is the black car service that Uber was originally founded upon.

The service offers experienced drivers driving luxury sedans and SUVs at a slightly elevated cost.

When Uber was first founded, it only offered black car service, but as demand grew they were forced to expand their fleet and start offering UberX service, which quickly became their most popular service.

(Lyft has a similar luxury sedan service called Lux for nicer rides.)

UberX is a more affordable option in which drivers can ride in whatever car they like, provided it meets Uber’s requirements for things like safety, mileage, and age.

The actual car requirements vary by city, but cars usually must be fewer than 10 years old, be a four-door sedan, truck, minivan or SUV, have seatbelts for at least four riders, including the driver, and must pass a mechanical inspection.

UberPOOL allows you to share a ride with other customers who are heading in the same general direction as you, all for a much cheaper cost than a typical ride because you’ll be splitting it with other riders.

If you aren’t in a huge rush, and don’t mind splitting a backseat with someone else for a few minutes, the rideshare service is a good way to get around for cheap.

Here is how Uber looks on an iOS device, and you can see how you can select different types of rides at the bottom:

Juno is a similar app in that it allows you to use your phone to hail a ride to wherever you are and get picked up quickly.

Juno doesn’t have an option like UberX to ride for cheaper, or anything like UberPOOL which allows you to share a ride with other people.

(Via is another one of the ridesharing companies that has entered the space in NYC and D.C. that allows you to share a ride with other people going in the same direction as you.)

Ride Customizations and Pricing

One thing that sets Juno apart is that it allows you to make special requests for a more personalized ride.

They let you select “Quiet Ride” for riders who don’t like to chat with their driver, or you can make a request that you “Need Assistance” if you need help with luggage, or getting in the car, or anything else.

You can also add a note to the driver ahead of time to specify exactly what you need help with, or make any (reasonable) request that you’d like.

Both Uber and Juno allow you to see the cost of rides before you book, pay for rides and tip with your credit card, and both give out ride credits for referrals. (Learn more about Uber referrals and Juno referrals.)

Both also have surge pricing, though Juno calls it “high-demand pricing,” where the base fare of a ride is increased due to either high demand for rides or low supply of drivers.

(Uber riders may be surprised to find surge pricing when taking a ride to the airport at 5:00 in the morning…the cost isn’t high because so many riders are trying to hail a car, but rather because there are so few drivers on the road.)

Customer Service

One way that Juno tries to set itself apart from Uber is with its customer service.

The company allows you 24/7 access to its customer support staff, giving you the option to talk to a real person on the phone or online at any time.

This is a benefit of the smaller scale — Uber isn’t able to offer as quick and comprehensive customer service because it has millions of rides daily.

That being said, Uber does allow you to file a report, and if you really need to talk to someone, you can get someone on the phone.

Environmental Impact

Juno also leans into their responsible riding ethos by offering riders the chance to opt in to a carbon offset program, which helps reduce the environmental impact of your rides by pairing you with green cars, or making small donations to programs which plant trees and do other things to help offset the carbon dioxide put out by the cars’ exhaust.


The biggest difference, of course, is that Juno is only operating in greater New York, while Uber is all over the world.

Even in that space, though, Uber’s scale allows it to be quick in a way that sometimes Juno can’t match.

There are Ubers all over New York, especially if you don’t mind riding UberX, so while it may take 5 or 10 minutes to get a Juno, odds are you won’t have to wait that long.

Two Ride-Hailing Companies for Different Rides

When evaluating Uber and Juno, it’s about finding what is important to you.

If you are located in greater New York and do the majority of your travel in and around the city, feel strongly about carbon offset programs and want to make sure that your drivers are getting paid more per ride, Juno is a wonderful option.

If you live anywhere else, travel a lot, or just like the convenience of being able to choose rides you want for the cost you want at any time, Uber makes a lot of sense. It’s all about what is important to you.

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Gett is geared for the business professional. Ride in comfort on your business account, both on-demand and pre-booked. Access thousands of standard and executive car providers, taxi’s and limos worldwide. Start your business account at gett.com

It’s time to transform your corporate ground transportation. The latest Gett rider app complements our new generation of mobility platform – designed to help businesses manage all their ground transportation spend in one place.

We organize corporate fleets, ride-hailing, black cab, and limo providers on one platform, optimizing the entire employee experience, from booking and riding to invoicing and analytics, saving businesses time and money.

>> Gett saves up to 49% on all your unmanaged spend
Get full visibility and automated control of expenses all in one place — for savings of up to 45% on the unmanaged portion of your global ground transportation spend (according to an independent industry market study commissioned by Gett)

>> With access to thousands of fleets, Gett can give you your perfect ride
Your ride, your way. Book all ground transportation from multiple providers through a single platform. Choose from our local and international supply partners — or add your preferred providers — for the ride you want, when you want.

>> Worldwide for business travelers
Gett’s marketplace stretches across the world’s major financial and business cities.

>> A simple experience, wherever you are
Improve team productivity. Life’s easier when you use one platform for all your providers wherever you go, balancing stress-free travel for your team with end-to-end control for your business.

>> All the tools you need to stay on track
Everything you need to deliver successfully. Get simple yet advanced tools for booking, tracking, and reporting, secure access to ride data, and flexible travel policies tailored to your business — all through one convenient, adaptable platform and companion app that works for you.

>> Supporting your Duty of Care
We’ve built tools and processes to help keep everyone safe on the road. It’s simple to track ride progress, trip histories and find driver details. We’ve also added extra security options like supply-partner filters, customized travel policies for every city, and 24/7 live support from our customer care team.

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Have a question? We’re here for you 24/7. Chat to customer care live from the in-app menu.

Highest rated rider app source: App Annie, avg monthly Apple review scores 2018, 2019

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Ratings and Reviews

8K Ratings

Very glad to have this

My first interaction was during a huge thunder storm with heavy hail and I ordered but then had to seek shelter so I moved away and couldn’t figure out where I was, canceled the ride. But I guess it didn’t go through, the driver called and the driver and I couldn’t find each other. Not his fault, weather was insane. I had tried to cancel right away but didn’t go through, he arrived and we couldn’t find each other and I got charged anyway. Wasn’t happy about that but I gave it another chance and it was fine. But since I can’t trust the cancellation, I won’t be using it so much. But I had a super good driver today so I’m giving it five stars

Dear Soleil613, Thank you for your feedback, this will be sent over to our supply team, so we can look into this further, App reviews are anonymous I cannot send you a direct message, please send us a message via the customer care option on the app 24/7 and we can discus this with you. Kind regards Shaz

First time was rough — but every other ride was great

The very first time I called a Gett taxi, somebody takes our taxi! Our driver picked up the wrong person! I tried calling him multiple times and he didn’t respond, and I couldn’t cancel it. However, once I rated the driver thankfully I was only charged 1 shekel. That’s never happened to me with Uber, where I’ve taken hundreds of rides. However, every subsequent ride I took went great, as Gett is super convenient compared to hailing a taxi in Israel. Being able to pay with credit card was especially helpful. Just make sure the taxi uses the meter or they can still charge you more than you expect, like a regular taxi, although all of my rides either used the meter or charged an appropriate amount. It would be awesome if at least an approximate rate is shown like it is for Uber so you have an idea of what you will pay before calling a taxi.

DearDevan’s AppleID, I would like to investigate this further and understand what happened to make it a better service for you next time, please send us a message via chat using the customer care option on the app, Kind regards Shaz

Rides In TelAviv

We were recently in TelAviv Israel. We rode several GETT rides. It is interesting to note that about 40% of our drivers were somewhat dishonest about prices unless we applied serious questioning about the charges before they drove off towards our destination. The prices per pre determined priced destination were often different on The very same day and time UNLESS we corrected the driver as he tried to overcharge. Especially to the Airport and from the airport. It’s maddening. We THOUGHT that maybe GETT had solved this age old problem of Driver overcharging. No no. Not just yet.

Furthermore most drivers did not take into consideration which side of the street we were waiting on and upon arrival they wanted US to cross the very busy streets and pick our way through traffic fences put in place to prevent pedestrians from crossing. We are 75 and 77 year old seniors. AND our GPS’s used outside of Gett rides CLEARLY indicate what side of any street the GPS user is standing. It is possible that the GETT GPS provider does not get that refined?

Can you please fix this small but dangerous error?
Most Uber drivers arrive on the side of the street that you are waiting to be picked up. It’s not that difficult to correct I suspect.

All else was nice and the drivers were very good. Some rides were executed with correct pricing plus common courtesy.. Thank you.

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  • Location

  • Contact Info

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  • Identifiers

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The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Contacts

  • Usage Data

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


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Every year we see new apps, buzzy startups and ideas quietly leaving the scene. Already in 2018, it was known about the upcoming outages in 2019 of Google+, Inbox and Flickr with huge free cloud storage, but a number of other companies and products left in 2019year without warning. Let’s go back and look at them.


Chariot Shuttle Service : In 2016, Ford Smart Mobility acquired San Francisco’s Chariot shuttle app. But after 3 million rides in the US and UK, Chariot announced in January that all operations would cease by March, blaming ever-changing «customer and city needs» like the rise of scooters.

Google Chromecast Audio : First released in September 2015, Chromecast Audio connected to an auxiliary speaker or audio system input via a 3. 5mm audio jack to make the device wireless. But with the release of more and more wireless speakers, the need for Chromecast Audio diminished, and Google shut it down in January.

Norton Core: The Norton Core is a stylish router designed to protect every device in the home, from the computer to the smart refrigerator. But looks didn’t help save this gadget; Symantec confirmed earlier this year that it was «discontinuing Norton Core hardware.»

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Westworld mobile game: In 2018, Bethesda Softworks sued Warner Bros Interactive and Behavior Interactive, alleging that its Westworld mobile game was stolen from the Fallout Shelter. The two parties entered into an agreement later that year demanding the removal of the Westworld game, which ended up disappearing in March.

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Samsung Blu-ray players. In February, Samsung confirmed that it will no longer release new Blu-ray or 4K Blu-ray models in the US. No reason was given, but as Mashable notes, Samsung devices did not support Dolby Vision, not to mention declining consumer interest in purchasing physical DVDs.


Apple AirPower: Apple announced AirPower in the fall of 2017 with the iPhone X. «Apple’s new AirPower mat, released in 2018, can charge iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods at the same time,» it said at the time. company. But after several delays, Apple «concluded in March that AirPower would not meet our high standards and… canceled the project.»

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Hydrogen Red Phone

RED Hydrogen Phone: Jim Jannard, founder of the motion picture company RED, announced his retirement in October and with it the end of Hydrogen. The Hydrogen One launched last year as a much-touted Android smartphone that was ultimately panned by critics.

Sony PlayStation Vue: Sony will shut down PlayStation Vue on January 30, 2020 after being unable to compete with video streaming. “Unfortunately, the highly competitive pay-TV industry with expensive content and network deals has been slower to change than we expected. Because of this, we have decided to focus on our core gaming business,” said Sony Vice President John Kodera.

Yahoo Groups: Another once popular service that fell out of favor in the age of social networking, Yahoo Groups was shut down by parent company Verizon. The content will be removed and Yahoo will only live as a list of email addresses. After complaining from archivists that they didn’t have enough time to upload content, Verizon moved the takedown date from Dec. 15 to Jan. 31, so you still have time to restore old-school chats.


Amazon free samples. This year, Amazon began using machine learning to predict what customers expect in the future and began sending them free samples of these products. Free stuff is cool, but for some, the program turned out to be a little creepy, and Amazon decided to remove it.

Cortana app: Microsoft announced last month that it will be removing the Cortana app from the App Store and Google Play on January 31, 2020. The digital assistant tried to compete with Siri on iOS and Google Assistant on Android, but Cortana failed to gain momentum. It will now appear in built-in features in other Microsoft products.

Microsoft Cortana application

Google Cloud Print: the service allowed printing objects on remote devices; send a document to your office printer, for example, to work, or print something on your home printer while you work. But it will no longer be available from December 31st. Google recommends using native printing (CUPS) «When you add a printer, it automatically appears in your users’ printer list and they can start printing without any additional configuration,» the post reads.

Insignia Connect. A number of major retailers sell their own versions of popular electronics, and Best Buy offered Insignia smart home devices until this year. Sorry, there are no more Wi-Fi Smart Plug and Metering Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Smart Light Switch, Wi-Fi Camera or WiFi Convertible Freezer / Fridge.

Juno App: Available in New York City, Juno was a driver-friendly alternative to Uber and Lyft, but it couldn’t compete against the city’s so-called onerous regulations.


Coolest Cooler: Once the most funded Kickstarter project in history (as of 2014), the coolest cooler — with tons of gadgets like a blender, wireless speaker, and USB to charge devices — ended up at the top case is mediocre. By 2016, Coolest Cooler had no money and could not ship all of his orders, the story continued until 2018. This year, he finally declared himself bankrupt.

Coolest refrigerator

Netflix on older devices: As of December 1, Netflix will no longer support streaming on some of the oldest Roku devices or Samsung and Vizio TVs due to Microsoft’s PlayReady DRM.

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