There's no ride quite like Matt's in Orange County. Mesmerizing passengers with its colorful interior lighting display and backseat gaming console, Lyftronic and its mobile arcade have reached celebrity status in the hearts of the Lyft OC community. Find out how the idea was hatched, and get some tips on how to create this one-of-a-kind experience from the OG himself:
Why did you decide to become a Lyft Creative?
I researched Lyft after hearing about the upcoming launch in Orange County, and the very first Google image was of DiscoLyft in San Francisco. He succeeded by injecting his passion into his Lyft experience. I was inspired to create something unique as well, so I pulled from my multimedia and creative abilities.
What's the best part of being Lyftronic?
Witnessing people turn into 8-year-old children within seconds of sitting down and playing Ms. PacMan. I'm often asked "Is this real?" This question lets me know that I've successfully transported my passengers to a wholly unique and new environment.
Theatrics aside, just talking to my passengers is the most effective tool. Learning something about them or finding something in common makes a connection that will be the cherry on top of a unique Lyft experience.
What's the most challenging part of putting Lyftronic together?
Improving the installations over three different versions of Lyftronic. I have refined my methods to slowly graduate from DIY to a true customized vehicle. My ride is a project that involves electronics, auto body and interior modification, wiring, soldering, carpentry, programming, graphic art design, power management, and love.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to trick out their ride?
Start small. Not every build or personality benefits from having their own mobile Disney Electric Parade. Small accents of RGB LEDs under a seat are affordable, easy to install, and plug into a cigarette lighter. A little goes a long way when making an impression on your passengers. Decide how you feel about that, and little by little add some more pizazz.
Research and be safe! The internet has a near-unlimited amount of resources to teach you the basics. A good understanding of vehicle electrical systems, 12-volt battery systems, and soldering techniques allow more complex installations.