Uber POOL will now suggest new, smarter drop-off points
Your Uber ride may soon get less annoying.
No, your fellow POOL passengers aren’t going to suddenly become less chatty, but you may have to spend less time with them. That’s because many users of Uber POOL — which allows you to share Ubers with other riders to save money — now have the option of a “suggested drop-off” to save time.
If you’ve used Uber POOL, you may have encountered this issue: Your co-riders’ destination is close, and yet your driver can’t get there because the road is blocked or on a one-way street. It would have been quicker if your fellow rider had just hoofed it to the spot, rather than the driver looping the block to drop her off.
Enter UberPOOL’s “suggested drop-off” feature, which launched yesterday in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington D.C. “As you approach your destination, our algorithm will look at the current route your POOL is on in real time, and determine whether there’s another drop-off spot that will help you reach your destination faster,” Uber writes. “If we find a better drop-off spot, we’ll send you a notification that will take you to the app so you can see how much time we expect to save you. If you’d like to update your drop-off spot, just tap the blue box on the map. Your driver will get the update on their navigation, and everyone in the car can be on their way with one less loop.”
You can say no to this suggested drop-off, but Uber hopes you don’t: “Next time you’re in a POOL and get a suggested drop-off, remember that your entire car will save a few minutes, while sparing your driver and co-riders the frustration of that extra loop.”
Just remember there are a number of downsides to using Uber, including the sometimes high cost. As Moneyish reported yesterday, New York riders may have been getting overcharged.
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