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Uber Introduces Hourly Trip Rate in Select Cities

Published on Jun 1, 2020 at 7:33 am in Rideshare Services.

Facing a significant drop in the demand for rides in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uber is implementing an hourly trip rate. The purpose of the hourly trip rate is to give riders the opportunity to lock in one car for multiple trips—which limits their exposure to multiple drivers and vehicles.

Starting at $50 per hour, rideshare users can request an Uber trip lasting up to seven hours. Rides are ordered as normal through the app, but users will have to select the “Hourly” option as opposed to UberX, UberXL, or Uber Pool.

Uber is rolling out the hourly service in the United States after successful pilot programs in cities across Australia, Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. It will allow users to run errands or attend appointments without having to book separate rides at each destination. The program is being marketed as a way to have the flexibility of your own car, without having to worry about driving, parking, etc.

Beginning June 2, 2020, the service will be available in the following cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Washington D.C., Houston, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Tacoma, and Tampa Bay. There is the possibility of the service being expanded depending on initial and future demand.

The $50 hourly rate does not include the cost of tolls, a tip, or other surcharges—like adding a car seat. It’s also important to note that the mileage included in the $50 per hour prices varies by city. So, this means that $50 may not get a rider as far in Chicago as it does in Phoenix.

In a statement released from Uber’s director of ride operations, Niraj Patel had this to say about the new service: “We built this feature for riders than anticipate needing additional flexibility when taking care of essential tasks, and for drivers so that they could access an additional earning opportunity. We hope this feature makes life easier for all customers during this ‘new normal’ and challenging time.”

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Lyft Announces New Pilot Program With RAINN

Published on May 20, 2020 at 7:19 am in Rideshare Services.

Lyft has partnered with the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, to provide victims of sexual violence with resources to flee from their abusers with their new pilot program.

The program will roll out in select American cities; however, Lyft declined to release the cities publicly to protect potential users. In eligible cities, Lyft is offering 1,000 free rides to individuals who seek crisis support by contacting the RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline.

Uber Expands Delivery Services Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Published on Apr 20, 2020 at 6:52 am in Rideshare Services.

As ridership continues to decline with stay-at-home orders across the country, Uber is launching two new services—Uber Direct and Uber Connect. These projects expand the company’s current delivery service and give drivers opportunities to continue working.

The accelerated delivery efforts go beyond food and grocery items. Now, app users will have access to on-demand and last-mile delivery solutions. These services, offered only in select cities, are geared toward consumers and businesses.

Uber Eats Expands Services Into Grocery Deliveries

Published on Apr 1, 2020 at 7:25 am in Rideshare Services.

In an effort to meet with the demand for the rapid delivery of food, toiletries, and cleaning products amide the COVID-19 pandemic, Uber’s Eats unit is accelerating its push into grocery delivery. Currently, the expansion includes a number of new alliances with retailers, including French supermarket Carrefour.

According to the Financial Times, the San Francisco-based company is launching the new service in locations around the world, from Brazil to France. This move into supermarket deliveries brings the company closer in competition with companies like Amazon.

Lyft Expands Services to Help With Pandemic

Published on Mar 24, 2020 at 7:15 am in Rideshare Services.

In an effort to meet demand and boost efforts to deal with the coronavirus, Lyft is expanding the type of services it provides. According to a blog post from Lyft, the company will be offering delivery of critical medical supplies to the elderly and the immunocompromised. In addition to that, they will be delivering meals to students who typically get subsidized lunches through school and senior citizens. They will also be providing medical transportation for low-income individuals. The new services will also ensure healthy drivers have more opportunities to earn income through the Lyft app.