Uber Manila Riders, we’re excited for this one!

The real ridesharing is here— uberPOOL.

uberPOOL is a new ridesharing service of Uber which will be in testing phase starting June 15, 2016. UberPOOL matches requests from riders if they’re coming from the same area, heading in the same direction, at the same time.

UberPOOL allows riders to share their rides with other riders. In the process, save on fare (it’s 25% cheaper than uberX) and help decongest the roads since it’s NOT 1 car = 1 rider anymore. Panalo! Cheaper fares for riders and less Uber cars on the road (aminin nyo, andami na talagang ridesharing cars on the road).

 

Refer to this tutorial about UberPOOL:

UberPOOL Summary

How to Book an UberPOOL Ride?

UberPOOL FAQs

SUMMARY FOR RIDERS:

  • You need to enter your destination when you request for an uberPOOL ride (unlike before that you can leave the destination blank when requesting). This is to allow the app to match you with other riders heading in the same direction.
  • When you request for an uberPOOL ride, you’ll get a quote for an upfront fixed fare that is 25% less than uberX! This fare is fixed regardless of whether you’re matched or not.
  • Each rider can have only ONE DESTINATION and you CANNOT CHANGE your pickup location or destination after you request.
  • Once you’ve been matched with a co-rider, you’ll receive a notification with that rider’s name and who’s being picked up first. To ensure there’s room for everyone, there only be a MAXIMUM of 2 riders per pickup.
  • Because you may be sharing your ride with other people who requested for uberPOOL, a few minutes will be added to your trip time to pick-up and/or drop-off other uberPOOL riders. So, if you’re in a hurry and don’t want to be bothered, better request for a usual uberX or uberBlack.
  • Riders are discouraged to let the driver and co-riders wait. Uber only allows 2 minutes waiting time at your pick-up point. Otherwise, the drivers can cancel your uberPOOL request. This is just courtesy and respect for the time of your co-riders.

How to Book an UberPOOL Ride in MNL

Step 1: Request

  • Under uberX, select the uberPOOL option.
  • Set your pick-up location AND destination so you can get the upfront price.

REMEMBER: You NEED to input your DESTINATION upon requesting and you CANNOT change your destination anymore. And only 2 riders are allowed per uberPOOL request.

How to request uberPOOL credits to www.uber.com

Step 2: Select Number of Seats

  • Select the number of seats. If you select 1 or 2 you’ll be given the option to ride uberPOOL.
  • If you select 3 or 4, you’ll be automatically requesting for the usual uberX.

photo creditd to clickthecity.com

photo credits to clickthecity.com

Step 3: Select UberPOOL = LEFT

  • If you choose 1 or 2 seats, you’ll be given the option to request for an uberPOOL (left side of screen showing exact fare) OR uber X (right side of screen showing a estimated fare)

REMEMBER: uberPOOL = LEFT; uberX = RIGHT

gif credits to Uber

gif credits to Uber

photo credits to clickinthecity.com

photo credits to clickthecity.com

 

Step 4: Ride & Go with the Flow 😉

  • Wait for your driver to arrive at your pick-up point.
  • You may be matched with another rider traveling along a similar route.
  • Picking up additional riders may add a few minutes to your trip, but this guarantees a cheaper fare.
  • OR if you’re lucky and your uberPOOL ride is NOT matched, you still enjoy the ride by yourself just like an uberX ride but at 25% less fare. 😉

REMEMBER:

BE ON TIME. The driver will only wait for you for 2 minutes else, the driver will cancel and continue on their trip. This is to avoid causing delays to your co-riders.

STAY ON TRACK. The Uber App recommends the best and most efficient route to pick-up and drop-off uberPOOL passengers. If you rode first doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be dropped off first. Don’t pressure the driver into taking other routes or making multiple stops this may cause more delay to other co-riders.

BE THE RIDER YOU WANT TO RIDE WITH. It’s all about RESPECT. Respect the personal space of your co-riders, keep your conversations low. If you’re fresh out of the gym and still sweating, you might want to get an uberX instead. If you can avoid eating and leaving trash, please do so, same goes if you’re riding uberX and uberBlack 😉

 

 

 

UberPOOL FAQs

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
You always know how much you pay because uberPOOL quotes you a guaranteed and fixed fare before you request.  This is fixed whether you’re matched or not. Your fare is automatically calculated based on the destination you place as well as the likelihood of getting matched given the time of day and location of your request.
DOES SURGE PRICING APPLY TO UBERPOOL?

Yes, uberPOOL fares are estimated in relation to uberX rates. When prices surge on uberX, prices also surge on uberPOOL.

But, uberPOOL will still always be cheaper than uberX since your likelihood of getting matched is taken into consideration when calculating your guaranteed uberPOOL fare.

CAN I BRING OTHER PEOPLE?
Each uberPOOL request may have a maximum of 2 riders per pickup, which you can select in the app when you request.
HOW IS MY CO-RIDER CHOSEN?

Co-riders are matched according to similar pickup locations and destinations with the most efficient route based on your request. Once you start your uberPOOL trip, you CANNOT ask the driver to cancel on the other rider.

This is also a good way to meet new people and you already have a thing in common— uberPOOL! 🙂 Otherwise, if you don’t want to share your ride, you can always request for the regular uberX or uberBlack.

WHAT IF I DON’T MATCH WITH ANOTHER RIDER?

If there is no rider near you with a similar route, you’ll get a solo ride (just like taking uberX), but will still only pay the guaranteed fare quoted in the app before you requested.

LUCKY YOU, enjoy your cheaper Uber ride, in style. 😉

WHAT TYPE OF CAR WILL I GET?
Same as those in uberX.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE? WILL I GO OUT OF MY WAY?

We match riders in a way that does not significantly increase your trip time, nor take you far out of the way. If you get matched with another person, expect that just a few minutes will be added to your total trip time.

If there is no rider near you with a similar route, you’ll get a solo ride, just like taking uberX (but cheaper!).

This is also a good way to meet new people and you already have a thing in common— uberPOOL! 🙂 Otherwise, if you don’t want to share your ride, you can always request for the regular uberX or uberBlack.

I WAS PICKED UP FIRST—WHY WAS I DROPPED OFF SECOND?
Uber maps the most efficient route possible. That means that sometimes you will be picked up first and dropped off second, but your total trip time will be minimized.
CAN I BRING LUGGAGE?

Yes, you can. But remember—there will need to be room for another person and their belongings in the car.

If you know you’ll be bringing big luggages, you can always request for an uberX or uberBlack.

CAN I CANCEL THE TRIP?

If you must cancel more than 5 minutes after requesting, you will be charged a P100 fee, similar to an uberX cancellations.

But please avoid this since when you request uberPOOL, you’re making a commitment to both your co-rider and the driver. Cancellations damage both of their experiences, so please don’t leave them hanging!

TIP: Riders are discouraged to let the driver and co-riders wait. Uber only allows 2 minutes waiting time at your pick-up point. Otherwise, the drivers can cancel your uberPOOL request. This is just courtesy and respect for the time of your co-riders.

CAN I CHANGE MY DESTINATION OR PICKUP LOCATION?
Because Uber will use your pickup location and destination when matching you with another rider, you CANNOT CHANGE your PICK-UP AND DESTINATION once you’ve requested for an uberPOOL trip.

Share with us your experience when you try UberPOOL on June 15, 2016!

Let us know if you think uberPOOL can really help decongest Metro Manila traffic.

 

 

For more details and info: https://newsroom.uber.com/philippines/uberpool-mnl-faqs/#12

Photos, videos and gifs credits to www.uber.com

 

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