From the article: "Uber will subsidize the GRH trips by up to $20,000 per year until June 30, 2022, according to SANDAG." Meaning, we get paid either way. I don't see how that is better or worse than before. Am I missing something?
The ants will love this.
If Uber can just find a way to affix emergency roadside kits and tire irons to
ants' vehicles, they can soon put AAA out of business too.
Not mentioned is the extreme danger to the driver picking up somebody on the side of the freeway.
How can it get any worse. I fail to see how this is bad for drivers. Uber is subsidizing this. I see it as an opportunity to get another ride, and it raises brand awareness to reach future customers.
Saying you'll get Pool rates or worse is just spreading fear of the unknown. My bet is this won't be Pool, or a new class. It'll just be another X ride. You won't know the difference. You can't be given a trip and told about a reduced fare later, that's not an option. And they can't tell drivers up front its a reduced rate fare. That would be a disservice to the rider as they could get rejected by a number of drivers like Pool is now. Pax would have to wait longer, potentially during a legitimate emergency (not just the "I missed my vanpool" crowd), and that would reflect poorly on Uber.You can count on the fact that we wont be paid our full X rate, probably the pool rate, or less.
This program isn't for roadside emergencies and vanpool breakdowns...
From the article:
"Those enrolled in the program can call Uber for a free ride home up to three times per year, SANDAG officials said. If facing an emergency situation such as a medical problem, unscheduled overtime or being stuck because their carpool left early, commuters can call Uber for a ride home at no charge."
Saying you'll get Pool rates or worse is just spreading fear of the unknown.
If it's in a different fare class the app will tell you before the ride. They aren't going to just pay you less and you find out later. If you don't want the fare class, don't accept."Fear of the unknown?" Isn't that a bit overly dramatic? C'mon
If Uber is comping rides, it's logical to me they will pay us on the cheap, as well, which is why I suspect a pool rate, or something similar.
If it's in a different fare class the app will tell you before the ride. They aren't going to just pay you less and you find out later. If you don't want the fare class, don't accept.
Perhaps the way I phrased it was unintentionally over dramatic, but I still say it's FUD. What I said was no more dramatic than the headline of this post.