Ponce went with Lyft as opposed to Uber or another ride-sharing platform because he found it easiest to get a car with Lyft.
Lyft does not sponsor Ponce's podcast, but he did meet with the company's communications team for coffee.
"I made it clear to them that I'm like any other Lyft driver," he said. "Because if it appears that this is an elaborate marketing scheme, then it takes away from the authenticity of it."
"My credibility is everything to me," he added.
Ponce's wife, a professional photographer who shot the video of Ponce leaving his office for the last time on Sunday, supports his career move. The couple agreed to give the podcast a go for six months. They have a five-month-old son.
Ponce said securing health care is his biggest worry.
"I don't really know how to make it into some sort of profitable venture," he said. "I'm just not an expert in that — I'm a storyteller."
"I'm really excited about the initial response the idea has gotten, but I'm also scared," he said.
"Backseat Rider" will premiere in August.