Friday, January 22, 2016

Uber to allow multiple passengers to share one vehicle with UberHOP option

Popular ride-sharing app Uber will now allow multiple passengers to share one vehicle if they're all headed in the same direction through its UberHOP option.

To avail of  the UberHOP option, a customer needs to open the Uber app on their smartphone, select the option, and then check if he or she is near an an area where UberHOP is available. If the UberHOP option is is available in the area, the customer can then request for a ride. The app will then pair up the customer with a driver as well as other Uber passengers who are also headed in the same direction. A pick-up point will then be relayed to the customers and the Uber passengers, with five passengers being the maximum number of who will share the same vehicle. Like the standard Uber service, an image of the vehicle and driver will be displayed on the app for easier identification. The UberHOP passengers will then be dropped off at a common area to complete the trip. Also, an UberHOP request is only good for one passenger so if the passenger has a companion, the companion will have to file his or her own UberHOP request.

According to Uber, the UberHop option is still on its pilot stage so it is currently being offered only to passengers in Makati and Bonifacio Global City on weekdays from 6 to 10 a.m. and from 4 to 9 p.m. for a flat rate of P75.

"Our goal is to reduce congestion and make commuting more efficient and affordable by putting more riders into fewer vehicles," Uber said in a statement. "At the same time, riders get to enjoy the same Uber experience while saving up to 70% from what they would normally pay for an UberX ride. UberHOP is your safe, convenient, and affordable way to get around the city. With uberHOP, we hope that more people will enjoy the benefits of ridesharing and help reduce traffic congestion in Metro Manila.

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