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Looking at the rider app to see cars around you

Discussion in 'Advice' started by aarondavid1010, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. Is there a point to this. Whenever I have it on it seems delayed to the point of pointless. One second every car is to the left then a min later they are on top of you
     
  2. No point.

    Nothing you can do about it.

    If you try to get away from them, you'll just run into more drivers.

    Just like when there's one hot girl at the bar and 20 guys, just hope you're the lucky one that night.
     
  3. oldfart

    oldfart

    Location:
    Fort Myers
    Driving:
    UberXL
    I use it to help position myself or if there are too many drivers I’lleave the area or just give up and go home
     
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  4. Sacman08

    Sacman08

    Location:
    Atlanta
    Driving:
    UberX
    I use it to count the number of other riders. If there’s 5 or more plus me time to move or drive back closer to home.
     
  5. Really no need to look at it unless you're a noob at this. Having driven weekends for like 1.5 years I know by now where to get rides and where to find a ton of ants just sitting.
     
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  6. yes but that just it your driving weekends in a certain market. i'm not
     
  7. I used to do that on the Lyft pax app when I started and was developing my strategy and flow. Never tried it on Uber and haven't done it in months.
     
  8. steveK2016

    steveK2016

    Location:
    Dallas / Fort Worth Texas
    Driving:
    UberXL
    I know my hotspots and timing enough to not have to check. It's a dynamic world, its more than likely not accurate anyways.
     
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  9. Coachman

    Coachman

    Location:
    DFW
    Driving:
    UberX
    I've never got much benefit from trying to navigate around other ants. As others have said... if you move away from one group you'll just find yourself with another group.

    I suppose every once in a while it helps me find a secluded hot spot. But that's rare.
     
  10. Christinebitg

    Christinebitg

    Location:
    Houston
    Driving:
    UberX
    And then there's the time when you turn the rider app on, and realize that the car parked next to you is waiting for a ping also.
     
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  11. MHR

    MHR Moderator

    Location:
    Texas
    I only use it now to make absolutely sure I appear on the pax app and that I’m not ghosted.
     
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  12. oldfart

    oldfart

    Location:
    Fort Myers
    Driving:
    UberXL
    We have several islands in our market (Ft Myers Beach, Sanibel and Marco. All are Resort/ vacation destinations. And there is basically one road on each island that runs from one end to the other. If you don’t watch the riders app it is possible, even likely that you will be in the middle of a pack of drivers and only have a small percentage of the island for yourself. So I watch the app and try to position myself so everything from me to the end of the island is mine
     
  13. Christinebitg

    Christinebitg

    Location:
    Houston
    Driving:
    UberX
    I've done that, especially when I've been having app problems and then go for a long time between trips.

    C
     
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  14. I don’t think I’ve ever seen less that 8 cars.
    So what’s the point of checking?

    There’s drivers all around me. I get it.

    I just stay on UBER’s good side and the pings keep on coming.
     
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  15. I live about 4 miles from a casino and start the app at 4am every morning because I often get rides any day of the week from all-nighters at said casino. I also get a lot of early airport runs from certain neighborhoods in and around my home town.

    I occasionally use the rider app to see if I am the closest/only driver with any of these options.

    Well, duh.
     
  16. janewalch

    janewalch

    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Driving:
    UberX
    I did this a lot when I first started driving. It’s a dark place to go... I would recommend not doing it as it’s very discouraging. Just drive to places you know are busy and hang out until you get a ping. Too many drivers driving around aimlessly waiting for rides.
     
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  17. Coachman

    Coachman

    Location:
    DFW
    Driving:
    UberX
    The key is finding a location with few or no cars that also happens to be a hot pickup area. There's often a good reason that certain places have few ants lurking around.
     
  18. goneubering

    goneubering

    Location:
    LA/Orange Counties
    Driving:
    UberX
    I think the majority of cars on the rider app are ghosts. I tried and tried to find one of those other drivers but was never able to find one even when I was supposedly right next to them.
     
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  19. reg barclay

    reg barclay Moderator

    Location:
    rockland/westchester NY, new jersey
    Driving:
    UberX
    You can flick between the Uber and Lyft pax apps, and play 'match the ant' to pass time between rides.
     
  20. I do this!

    No, they’re real, maybe just not real time.
     
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