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Following a more than two-year break due to the epidemic, Uber is resuming UberX Share in a few significant US cities, the company announced on Tuesday.
Nine cities, including New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, now offer the updated rideshare carpool option, UberX Share. This summer, the company stated it would bring UberX Share to new cities.
As health regulators advocated social segregation to stop the spread of Covid-19, Uber (UBER) discontinued its previous version of the shared transportation service, Uber Pool, in March 2020. After likewise suspending the option in 2020, Lyft resumed a similar service in July 2021.
With the hope that carpooling would make ride-hailing more affordable and convenient, Uber and Lyft (LYFT) have been trying to increase the use of shared rides for years. The pandemic, however, prompted the businesses to postpone such preparations.
UberX Share “reimagines the future of shared trips with increased efficiency and safety front of mind,” according to Andrew Macdonald, SVP of mobility and business operations at Uber, in a statement released on Tuesday. Additionally, he stated that passengers might expect to get “an upfront discount and up to 20% off the total ticket if matched with a co-passenger along the route.”
Uber is currently making attempts to limit the number of passengers in a carpool at once in an apparent reference to pandemic worries. According to the company’s blog post, customers can currently only request one seat using UberX Share, and only one additional passenger will be present at any given moment. In addition, the company emphasized that masks are optional but advised, with the exception of places where masking is still required.
Uber also mentioned how critical it is to increase accessibility and affordability of transportation, “, particularly in the current economic context.” Worries about a severe economic downturn have recently plagued the tech industry. Meanwhile, all drivers, including those employed in the ride-hailing sector, have been burdened by exorbitant petrol prices. In response, Uber and Lyft earlier declared they would temporarily raise ride fuel costs.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi described his company as “recession-resistant” in an interview he gave at the Bloomberg Technology Summit earlier this month. However, he made his remarks just a month after the Wall Street Journal reported that Uber was looking to slash expenses as investor euphoria wanes.