Uber says it’s “completely reimagined the way drivers accept to ride” with a feature called “Advance Fares,” which shows drivers exactly how much they’ll pay for a ride and where they’ll end up after the passenger has left. In its announcement on Friday, the company said the change is part of its effort to make driving for the ride-sharing service more flexible. Uber is also planning to roll out a feature that will let drivers see other ride requests in their area, letting them choose specific rides they’d like to take.
For passengers, the changes, which have been site-tested, could mean fewer canceled trips because the driver doesn’t actually want to go to the destination, or realize it won’t be a very profitable trip.
According to the prepaid fee support document, the amount offered to drivers before they accept a ride depends on “several factors, including base fares, estimated trip length and duration, pickup distance, and surprise pricing.” The document indicates that if the passenger changes the delivery address or there is “unexpected traffic” along the route, the fare will be adjusted. The number also doesn’t include things like tips or wait times.
The document warns that the switch to advance fares, set to roll out “for most of the United States over the coming months,” could mean that some types of trips earn drivers less. For example, it lists “long, relatively fast (traffic-free) trips” and “trips to high-demand areas.” However, it also notes that the new system will mean drivers earn more on short trips, trips with a lot of traffic, trips that end up in an area with fewer passengers, or trips where they have to travel longer distances. long before reaching the rider.
Uber did not respond immediately the edgeAsk for comment on which areas of the US will not receive an introduction fee.
Besides upfront fares, Uber says it will widely roll out a feature called trip radar, which gives drivers a list of nearby ride requests. Drivers will be able to choose the rides they want from the list, and if Uber decides it’s a good match, it will save them the job. (An article from Uber says it will pick which drivers will get their picks based on average wait times for drivers and passengers.) Uber also says that drivers will still receive individual ride requests, but will be able to use trip radar to find “another ride that might work better.” for them”.