Published on July 26, 2016
We all love Uber but, ez be real, sometimes the ride can be pretty expensive. Especially if you have to deal with the bill all by yourself! *cue music*
I know, I know. #adultingproblems
Uber is making it easier & more affordable for you & me! Recently, the makers of the app unveiled two new features that might just help cut riding costs without sacrificing the comforts of a private service.
Meet your two new best friends: UberHOP and UberPOOL.
Both are ride-sharing services within the Uber app but with key differences.
UberHOP drives on fixed routes and on fixed fares. There’s a fixed pick-up location, that you would have to walk to, and there’s a fixed destination. It’s a lot like those commuter vans that wait for passengers outside big malls – except it’s a lot less crowded with 6 riders max.
Oh, and did we mention fixed fares? That means no surge pricing!
On the other hand, UberPOOL works a lot like the regular Uber but it makes multiple stops to pick-up riders in similar routes. Say you’re going from Point A to Point D, Uber might stop for riders in Point B and C (up to 4 in each car) whose destinations are in the same route as yours. Get it?
The only drawback for UberPOOL is the possibly longer ride due to multiple stops. But there’s also a chance of making new friends, or at least having someone to talk to in the traffic. And, lest we forget, the absolute fact of having someone (or some-three?) to split the bill with!