Uber is rolling out the new Scheduled Rides feature. The ride-hailing services of Uber fully understand that riders needs reassurance that a car will be there waiting especially like for midnight trip to the airport or a rush-hour Monday meeting.
The app Scheduled Rides feature is now available in the Big Apple. The purpose is mainly for peace of mind and convenient rides with fast and easy scheduling. Riders can easily schedule rides in just a few tap. Just set the pickup date, time, location, and destination, then you're ready to go on your scheduled ride.
New York-based riders can request an Uber ride 15 minutes and even up to 30 days in advance and have the ease of knowing your Uber will be there when it's time to head out.
This feature will also come in handy during breaking dawn visits to John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia Airports.
Scheduled Rides are priced exactly like a normal uberX ride and subject to pricing conditions at the future time the request is made. Meanwhile, "Surge pricing," the company's policy of hiking fares during periods of high demand, will still apply.
Users can cancel anytime before their ride is dispatched and after it is dispatched. Riders can cancel up to 5 minutes (per Uber normal policy) without a cancellation fee.
The announcement follows advanced booking roll-outs in Seattle and parts of the United Kingdom.
In June, Wired reported that Uber is planning to expand the "scheduled rides" feature globally.
According to Mr. Tom Fallows, Uber's director of global experiences, "Even though we're an on-demand company, we totally get it."
"Sometimes you just want that extra reassurance that your Uber will be there when you want to leave," Fallows said.
Uber's new feature is bad news for New York's already suffering cab industry - advanced booking once gave those drivers a leg up on airport trips and other early-morning rides.
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