Missing out on Surge

The One Fisher

New Member
I have a question. I've had a good couple of weeks, but I keep missing out on the surge. I'll see huge areas of red on the map, and even when I'm right in the middle, I rarely get a surge request. In fact, on Sunday, I was in a very red area, but got a request from 9 miles away with no surge.

Here's what I'm wondering. Could Uber be creating these "surge areas" on the map to make us move to those locations that are actually near where the folks really are? For example, if they want people to be at a certain area, could they light up an area close with red so that folks will come there, but with the real intention of being close enough to get pings from the needed area?
 

adlotw

Member
I once got a ping with a woman's name and went to the location and the rider turned out to be a young man so I drove him from Alpharetta to his destination out in rural Milton. After I let him out I checked the map and I noticed a surge around his house so I think it was just his mom sitting at home watching the trip.
 

pjrxj

Well-Known Member
I once got a ping with a woman's name and went to the location and the rider turned out to be a young man so I drove him from Alpharetta to his destination out in rural Milton. After I let him out I checked the map and I noticed a surge around his house so I think it was just his mom sitting at home watching the trip.
I don't think it will surge for that because she's already involved in a trip. But it may be there to keep you out in that area.
 

adlotw

Member
I don't think it will surge for that because she's already involved in a trip. But it may be there to keep you out in that area.

The surge cloud was small and centered on the ride requestors property and barely covered the neighbors, it may not have been from her monitoring the ride but opening and initiating the request from there. Regardless of what caused the cloud it was obvious to me the surge would be fruitless so I didn't hang around. I just keep that trip in mind when I see a small surge 10 min away in a dead area.
 

Jamesp1234

Well-Known Member
Yep, they do it all the time. You'll learn to see when something is real and when it's just an attempt to get drivers to that area. Those boost areas are also a way that uber can limit the surge by keeping lots of drivers in an area.
 
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