How Uber Works A Helpful Primer on the Ride-Hailing Service

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How Uber Works A Helpful Primer on the Ride-Hailing Service

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Who knew that every time you started off a trip with Uber, you were actually going to get a very specific amount of money that you were going to spend in a route and a specific time-period. If you really wanted to be honest with yourself, though, there are a couple of reasons that it probably wasn’t 100% fair for you to choose Uber over taking a normal cab cab (a less expensive cab cab would have still been perfectly fine, if you asked me).

Uber works when:

you request an Uber pickup. As long as you’re willing to accept a single fare, you’re going to get the amount of money you requested.

you request an Uber drop-off. If you’re coming home, you can request a single fare and it will go off with less hassle. If you’re going out to dinner, a single fare will probably not get you very far. Uber self-monitors all your trip information and if someone using the app requests a drop-off but doesn’t want to receive a single fare, you’ll get a message that says “I tried an Uber for this purpose but instead of receiving a single fare, I received a single fare with a caveat.” Wait for the caveat, which might be the various destinations that the fare was meant to take you to. If you are happy with the exact destination, you can take the trip.

Uber works when:

you want to request a ride that’s for later in the day. If you’re willing to wait a few hours to request a ride, Uber can connect you to the specific drop-off location. Generally, your fare would be based on your personal pick-up and drop-off fee.

What you get in a given trip:

Uber pickup

Uber drop-off

When

you can request a ride

When you’re picking up the ride

When you’re dropping off the ride

Where the trip starts and stops

Shopping at…

What you get in a given trip:

UAP pick-up charge

UAP drop-off charge

if you’re picking up a normal cabs fare:

after the trip charges

While driving:

where are you taking the trip

What you get in a given trip:

The pick-up and drop-off charges: 2.5% on a single fare and 2.2% on a multiple-fare fare.

Shopping at…

When the ride starts and ends:

The pickup charge is usually $3.49. The drop-off fee is $1.75.

Where the trip started and ended:

Pick-up location: $3.49

Drop-off location: $1.75

What you get in a given trip:

Ride map

Route map

Metro/parking/walking map

Continuous information in the app: songs, movies, weather, real-time news, games

What you get in a given trip:

Taxis and the privately-owned limousines

And a very clear and time-restricted amount of money that you’re going to spend within a certain range of pickup, drop-off and distance that you’re going to travel.

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