SideCar launched last Friday in Washington, D.C.

This means the company now operates in nine U.S. markets, having launched in Chicago, Boston and Brooklyn, N.Y.

SideCar launched in San Francisco in 2012, and also has operations in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Austin and Seattle.

“People love the SideCar experience and we’re excited to introduce it to our nation’s capital,” said Sunil Paul, CEO of SideCar. “The response to SideCar has been overwhelmingly positive and we’re seeing demand in every major U.S. city. SideCar is reinventing transportation, and we’re committed to building ridesharing communities all across the country.”

SideCar said it works like a matchmaker for the perfect ride, using smartphones to connect people who need to be picked up with everyday drivers nearby. It’s a fast, affordable and safe way to get around the capitol, meet new people and help keep more cars off the road. With SideCar, payment is voluntary and made directly through the mobile app. All drivers are pre-vetted for safety and are free to give rides whenever they want. SideCar’s safety system includes driver background checks, driver and rider rating systems, GPS tracking features and the ability to share details of a trip in real-time.

During its initial launch phase, SideCar will be available for drivers and riders Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm – 3am in Washington, D.C.

Expanded hours and days will follow as the community grows.

SideCar is actively recruiting drivers in all the cities where it currently operates. Drivers can sign up to be part of the community at SideCar’s free mobile application is available for download for riders via the App Store for iPhone and Google Play for Android users.