Harry here. The time has come to talk about UberPool and frankly, I haven’t done a lot of UberPool rides because a) it wasn’t available where I used to live and b) I wasn’t that excited to try it out. But as UberPool gets rolled out to more and more cities, I asked RSG contributor Christian Perea to break down what it’s like to do UberPool and tell us what other drivers are saying about it. So here it goes…
Harry and I were so excited for UberPool that we each assigned the other the task of going out to do UberPool rides for this article. In fact, I volunteered to write the article if Harry did the rides. Harry also volunteered to write the article if I did the rides. We volunteered each other for this task for about three weeks because we were both so excited to get out there and do some UberPool’s and didn’t want to deny the other the opportunity to test out the product 😉
For the uninitiated, UberPool is like UberX, but instead of doing one ride at a time, you can pickup and drop-off multiple passengers in a single ride to build out a longer ride (here’s a good video from Uber about how it works – just disregard the part about making more money, we’ll get to why that isn’t true).
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So as you begin the trip with your first passenger, you may receive a request to go a few blocks out of your way to pickup a second passenger heading in the same direction. The driver gets paid for the extra distance and mileage at UberX rates so that they earn ‘more money’ while passengers pay less. You can imagine that the extra distance/pay isn’t much though since you might only go a few blocks out of your way to get that second passenger. [Read more…]