Uber launches uberPOOL in Australia
Sydneysiders can now carpool to save up to 50% compared to UberX.Uber is really putting the pressure on other rideshare companies in Australia with its recent launch of upfront pricing and now uberPOOL has officially launched in Sydney.
The company really means business and Aussies now get to benefit from the cost-saving feature where riders share their journey with others heading in the same direction and split the cost.
The service is currently on trial in northern and inner Sydney, from Watsons Bay to Leichhardt after which it'll be rolled out to other Sydney suburbs and Australian cities.
How does it compare to uberX?
In terms of savings, riders can expect to save up to 50% on their trip compared to UberX as the cost is split between the riders at a reduced cost.
We took a look at the app ourselves to confirm this pricing and found that taking a short drive from Town Hall to Circular Quay pulls up a cost of $6.04 while the same drive in an uberX came up at $11.35. That's a saving of 47% and the best thing is that this price difference is transparent in that you can see the cost when you choose your ride type.
While you have to share your uber with other riders another small difference is that you need to walk a short distance to a convenient pick-up spot and be dropped off close to your destination.
You'll share the ride with at least one other person and can expect a maximum of three passengers per car.
How does it work?
As of today, the uberPOOL option should be available in the trial area when you load the app. Simply choose it and wait for instructions on where to meet your ride. This is usually only a short walk away. The app then "matches" the ride with other passengers in the area seeking to head in the same direction.
Your drop-off point works in a similar way, being within walking distance to your destination though not necessarily at your destination, as it must remain dynamic enough for the ride to continue.
Previous global cities, like San Francisco, have taken quickly to uberPOOL, where 20% of all Uber rides are pooled. To date, more than 1 billion uberPOOL rides have been taken around the world.
Henry Greenacre, general manager, Australia and New Zealand, said, "uberPOOL makes it easy and affordable for people going in a similar direction to share the trip. It's carpooling at the push of a button. That means cheaper rides for passengers and less congestion on the city’s streets over time."
As the technology is new in Australia, the launch is just focused on Sydney for now and you can expect it to improve as more people get on board and give it a go.