First, Uber sees itself as building a marketplace and technology platform that can extend into multiple areas (Uber Eats and Uber Freight for instance) while Lyft sees itself as primarily in transportation as a service provider.
Uber makes it clear that its data science and algorithms are the key to its marketplace technologies.
Lyft said that its platform leverages historical data, supply and demand as well as driver availability.
"Utilizing machine learning capabilities to predict future behavior based on many years of historical data and use cases, we employ various levers to balance supply and demand in the marketplace, creating increased driver earnings while maintaining strong service levels for riders.
The company said: Through our Open Platform, we enable partners to connect with our network and offer their autonomous vehicles on the Lyft network.