Uber says it’s “completely redesigned the way drivers take rides,” with a feature called “Upfront Fares,” which shows drivers exactly how much they’re being paid for a ride and where they’re landing, after dropping off a driver. in the his announcement on Friday, the company says the change is part of its push to make ridesharing more flexible. Uber also plans to roll out a feature that will allow drivers to see other ride requests around them and select specific rides to take.
For drivers, the changes, which have been tested at select locations, could mean fewer canceled trips because a driver doesn’t really want to drive to the destination or realizes it won’t be a very profitable trip.
Therefore a supporting document for the prepayment, the amount shown to drivers before accepting a ride is based on “multiple factors including base fares, estimated ride length and duration, pickup distance and fare increases.” The document notes that the fare will be adjusted if the driver changes the drop-off address or “unexpected traffic” occurs on the route. The number also doesn’t include things like tips or wait times.
The document warns that the move to upfront fares, set to roll out “in most US countries in the coming months,” could mean some types of travel earn less for drivers. As examples, she cites “long and relatively fast (traffic-free) journeys” and “journeys to high-demand areas”. However, it also means that the new system means drivers will earn more on short trips, trips with heavy traffic, trips that end up in an area with fewer drivers, or trips that require them to travel a long distance, before they arrive drivers.
Uber did not immediately respond The edge‘s request for comment on which areas of the US do not allow advance payments.
Along with prepayments, Uber says it’s rolling out a feature called Reiseradar, which gives drivers a list of nearby ride requests. Drivers can select the rides they want from the list, and if Uber decides it’s a good fit, it will give them the job. (A Article by Uber says it will choose which drivers get their picks based on average driver and passenger wait times.) Uber also says drivers will still receive individual ride requests, but that they can use the travel radar to find “another ride.” that might work better for them.”