Blacklane, a German transportation company, will launch its chauffeured ride-hailing service in 21 cities across 11 countries this month, with New York to be first and seven other American cities to come soon. They are Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. The other cities are in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The company will seek to compete with Uber and Lyft with a premium service that already offers scheduled rides in 50 countries. According to an announcement, Blacklane’s new on-demand rides “maintain the same premium quality, health and safety standards, fixed competitive fares, and sustainability” as its prebooked trips. Dr. Jens Wohltorf, CEO, said people need trusted local transportation now more than ever as cities reopen. He said, “Many companies have built ride-hailing platforms with little quality control and confusing costs, but Blacklane has built a global chauffeur-hailing service with clear, consistent rates and the highest quality standards." The company offers all-inclusive fares that are based only on distance, with no extra charges for higher demand, traffic or tolls.