What is Uber Pool?
This has got nothing to do with the lottery or gambling industry, but it is Uber’s version of Car Pooling. Visit Wikipedia, for an in depth explanation of car pooling
Carpooling (also car-sharing, ride-sharing, lift-sharing and covoiturage) is the sharing of car journeys so that more than one person travels in a car.
By having more people using one vehicle, carpooling reduces each person’s travel costs such as fuel costs, tolls, and the stress of driving. Carpooling is also a more environmentally friendly and sustainable way to travel as sharing journeys reduces carbon emissions, traffic congestion on the roads, and the need for parking spaces. Authorities often encourage carpooling, especially during periods of high pollution or high fuel prices.
Drivers and passengers offer and search for journeys through one of the several mediums available. After finding a match they contact each other to arrange any details for the journey(s). Costs, meeting points and other details like space for luggage are agreed on. They then meet and carry out their shared car journey(s) as planned.
So basically carpooling is done in advance! where riders and drivers agree on various details in advance. The driver knows who he has to pickup from where and can plan his route efficiently. The driver gets to fill his car with the maximum number of passengers it can carry, which is is the core of the idea of car pooling.
Now UBER comes out with UBER pool, which is an on-demand car pooling service. What happens is that drivers have to cruise around waiting for pings (trip requests) from potential passengers.
Passengers have the ability to choose between a regular Uber Taxi service or a Uber Pool service where they understand that they will be sharing the ride home with a stranger at a discounted fare.
Drivers will be notified through the ping whether it is a UBER taxi or UBER pool ride and the driver can choose whether to accept a pool request. If he accepts a pool request, he has to travel to the first pickup point. Since he is already on Uber pool jobs, other requests can come in and sometimes even while he is on the way to pickup the first passenger. It is up to him to decide who to pickup first.
This service while in theory sounds fantastic! It has left a bad experience for both drivers and passengers. Do a search on Google for the details.
The problem is with UBER! for trying to make a car pooling service which requires advance booking and proper planning into an on-demand taxi service.
What is happening is people who need a taxi! using Uberpool and expecting taxi service while paying a highly discounted rate when compared to the normal taxi rate.
No joy for the driver who has to drive with Uber pool prices and no booking charge. Worse! if the driver receives NO Pings after picking up the first passenger. He has no choice but to send that passenger to the destination at highly discounted UBER Pool Price. On too of that, UBER deducts 30% commission as finder’s fee or whatever fee for providing the UBER App! for that ride.
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