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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