Uber launches hourly ride booking option in some US cities

Uber launches hourly ride booking option in some US cities

Uber launches hourly ride booking option in some US cities

Uber will be hoping to ramp up ride numbers as countries across the world emerge from self-isolation and lockdown, and has been putting new safety measures in place to protect drivers and passengers.

"When you need to run errands, head to a doctor's appointment, or grab groceries, Hourly fits around your schedule flexibly for those moments if and when you prefer extra time and added peace of mind", Niraj Patel, director of rider operations, said in an email statement. Clients can not use the function for trips to or from the airport, or for trips. Also, a city may have a limit on mileage so that a city might limit the hourly trip to 50 miles.

Passengers will be charged $ 50 per hour for this new feature per hour and will be asked to select how long the trip will take before confirming the trip.

Uber said riders using Hourly will be matched with drivers who have bigger and new vehicles that are eligible for the Uber Comfort trips. The rider will have to pay for the time they have selected even if the trip takes lesser time than they thought.

Now kicked off in the U.S., riders are going to be charged $50 for an hour and will be asked to select how long the trip will last before confirming it.

However, there are a few restrictions to the hourly function. Customers will be charged a per minute rate for trips that exceed the time limit, or the per mile rate for trips that exceed the mileage limit. They are as follows: Seattle, Miami, Dallas, Orlando, Philadelphia, Chicago, Tampa Bay, Chicago, Washington DC, Tacoma, Atlanta, and Phoenix.

The flat rate, initially tested in places like Australia, Africa and Europe, will become available in 12 US cities: Atlanta; Chicago; Washington, DC; Dallas; Houston; Miami; Orlando; Tampa Bay; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Tacoma, Washington; and Seattle, with more in the weeks ahead.

Uber Hourly is rolling out following a report that Uber rides were down as much as 80% in some cities during April. Uber had to lay off 14% of its workforce, which equals to 3,700 of its full-time employees.

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