Uber is rolling back a feature that allows customers in large US cities to pay lower fares in exchange for sharing rides with strangers, the company said Tuesday.
The launch of the “UberX Share” feature – a rebrand of the option formerly known as “Uber Pool” – comes more than two years after Uber and Lyft shared rides during the coronavirus outbreak in March 2020 .
UberX Share is now available in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Portland and Pittsburgh, the company said in a press release. Uber plans to add additional cities later this summer.
The news comes as rising ride-share prices across the country have squeezed riders.
Average ride-share fares hit a new all-time high in April amid a tight labor market and skyrocketing gas prices, averaging 35% now compared to before the pandemic, according to YipitData research reported by the Wall Street Journal. is more.
Uber is introducing the shared ride facility for customers as a way to save money. The company says riders will receive an unspecified “upfront discount” if they select an UberX share, as well as up to 20% off total fares if matched with another rider during the ride.
The company said it will only match riders going in the same direction and that riders arrive at their destination no later than eight minutes later than on a standard Uber ride.
While Uber Pool sometimes saw three or more strangers sandwich in the same vehicle, UberX share would be limited to two passengers at a time.
Lyft currently offers shared rides in Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Jose, Denver, Las Vegas and Atlanta. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.