Going By Uber’s Way , A New Feature
Bengaluru, India | Red Newswire | Dec 3, 2015 Last Updated at 06:42 PM IST.
Have to wait longer than enough for a ride? No problem, because Uber has come up with a new model wherein drivers can set destinations twice in a day when they want to pick up more than 1 rider along the way. The feature which is called as “Going my way” is going to be rolled out in the Bay Area, reportedly in the company’s hometown of San Francisco first. “We haven’t announced when and where we will offer this feature next, but we are focused on rolling it out to additional markets,” Uber spokesperson Molly Spaeth said.
So earlier what happened was, when the driver dropped the customer at their destination he had to wait there for a new customer, who may be going to a different destination than what the driver wanted or intended to go. This way he may have to go back to the place he came from, empty handed.
This new feature has empowered the drivers by allowing them to set their own destinations by entering either a new address or a saved address. After entering, Uber itself will show the riders along the way, willing to reach the drivers destination. “Whether it’s commuting to the areas where rides are needed most, driving back home at the end of the day, or running errands around town, drivers can set their destination to earn fares that are along their route,” Uber said about the new feature. This feature has helped and satisfied part-time drivers who make a huge chunk of Uber’s employees.
Although Passengers likely won’t be affected, apart from having shorter wait times for their Uber rides in larger cities this feature has been criticised by public safety campaigns saying that “it could degrade the quality of passengers’ experience, as the driver may be distracted by his own agenda and time-management concerns,” The added strain on Uber drivers “could cause unpleasant confrontations with passengers,” They “will strive to maintain a high rating while simultaneously balancing other key concerns,” and this will make them “more likely to make errors and become frustrated.”
By: Rishi Sharma @Rednewswire