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22 February 2018, 12:46 | Cedric Leonard
GettyUpdate your app to access the new Express Pool
The new service lets customers book rides with other passengers heading in the same general direction, making it more efficient by minimizing the number of deviations a driver must make.
After the match riders will be directed to walk a few extra blocks to their pickup location, where they will meet one or two additional riders matched with the same driver.
In addition to having to walk a little prior to the journey, riders will also have to walk a bit at the end of their journey to reach their final destination.
Denver is the third city to get Express Pool service, after the feature rolled out in San Francisco and Boston earlier this year. Theoretically, the more customers use UberPool and Express Pool, the less Uber has to subsidize due to increased revenue.
The company isn't getting rid of Pool for now, so if people are unable to walk or don't want to walk, they can still hail something more affordable than UberX.
After a trial run in San Francisco, Uber is officially launching its new Uber Express POOL option to five new cities, including Philadelphia, giving commuters an option that could further rival SEPTA.
Once a rider hails an Express Pool, the Uber algorithm will take a moment to figure out the best route, driver and pickup location for not just that rider, but other riders as well.
Because time and distance are money, Express Pool can be a less-expensive ride option.
The goal is to make the overall ride faster and more direct for all users.
From a public policy perspective, these types of ride-pooling services represent an enormous opportunity to provide more high quality, low-cost transportation to more people who don't have access to cars or public transit than ever before, said Daniel Sperling, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California-Davis. Uber told The Verge that it was the model for the company's future.
Like the existing UberPool service, Express Pool groups multiple riders into one auto.
"If you're pulling out your phone and choosing Express Pool time after time, we want you to feel like there's going to be a consistent experience every time and the confidence that you're going to have a really straight, really smooth trip", Stock said. Rides are dependent on what riders are requesting in specific areas.
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