The new rideshare option is a deviation from Uber POOL, which lets riders save a few bucks by allowing drivers to pick up other riders going in the same general direction. As you near the end of your trip, we'll choose a drop off spot, notify you, and provide walking directions for the last few blocks to your final destination. Within the next two days, the around-the-clock service will start running in Los Angeles; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Miami, San Diego and Denver. "Express POOL, in combination with public transit, cycling, carsharing and more, can help us get towards this shift, and I'm extremely excited about the potential impact this product can have on cities".
Uber is launching its latest product called Express Pool that asks commuters to walk and wait at a pick up spot. Looking beyond this launch, we're even more excited about future opportunities to integrate Express POOL and other transportation options to complement and extend the reach of public transit, and to help cities work better. Express Pool is pretty much the same, Uber says, but is more efficient because riders walk to a common route, rather than having a driver circle around.
What makes Express Pool so cheap compared to the standard Pool and UberX options is that it utilizes pickup points, where users are expected to walk, to offer fares discounted by at least 50 percent.More news: Air strikes kill almost 200 in Syria enclave
The goal is to make the overall ride faster and more direct for all users.
And, as of Wednesday, it's officially adding a new service to its roster that'll cater to people who don't want to spend a lot of money: a low-priced carpool service called Express Pool.
In 2014 when Uber launched POOL, we had the vision of getting more people into fewer cars.More news: Trump says investigation into Russia election interference is Democrats' 'excuse' for losing
From a public policy perspective, these types of ride-pooling services represent an enormous opportunity to provide more high quality, affordable transportation to more people who don't have access to cars or public transit than ever before, said Daniel Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California-Davis. Rides are dependent on what riders are requesting in specific areas.
The new Uber Express Pool interface.
Even as the company has seen unprecedented growth by expanding to dozens of countries, Uber has been hurt by allegations of executive misconduct, a toxic work atmosphere, and potentially unethical competitive practices.More news: Merkel taps ally for crucial party job, grooms successor