Now Uber drivers will see traffic fare before accepting the trip
On Friday, A feature of cab booking company, Uber called “upfront fares” will show drivers exactly how much they’ll be paid for a trip and where they’ll end up after dropping a rider off.
The company says the change is part of its push to make driving for the rideshare service more flexible. Uber’s also planning on rolling out a feature that allows drivers to see other ride requests in their area, letting them choose particular trips they would like to take.
For riders, the changes which have been tested in select locations can lead to fewer canceled trips as the driver doesn’t wish to go to the destination, or realizes that it won’t be a very profitable ride.
According to an upfront fee support document, before the drivers accept a trip, the amount shown to them is based on several factors, including base fares, estimated trip length and duration, pickup distance, and surge pricing.
The document states that if the rider changes the drop-off address or there’s unexpected traffic along the route, the fare will be adjusted. The number also doesn’t include things like tips or wait times.
The document also alerts about the switch to upfront fares, set to roll out “to most of the US over the coming months,” which could mean that some types of trips are fewer earnings for the driver.
For example, it lists long and relatively quick (traffic-free) trips and trips to high-demand areas. It also says that the new system will support drivers to earn more on short trips, trips with lots of traffic, trips where they end up in an area with fewer riders, or trips where they have to drive a long way before reaching the rider.