Uber will soon allow riders to book airport shuttles

Uber will soon allow riders to book airport shuttles

Uber wants to make it cheaper to get a ride to the airport, concert or sporting event.

The rideshare company on Wednesday announced the launch of Uber Shuttle, an offer that allows users to book up to five seats in a shuttle from a central location to an event or airport – for less than the cost of a regular Uber ride. The cost of a shuttle ride will not be affected by price increases, a common problem when many people are looking for a ride at the same time.

Riders can reserve their space on the shuttle, which will hold between 14 and 55 seats, up to a week in advance and will receive a QR code ticket to board. Uber plans to partner with local transportation companies with commercially licensed drivers to facilitate the offering, but users will be able to rate and tip drivers in the Uber app like any other ride.

Uber has previously launched early shuttle tests, including in India, and as an offering for corporate customers. The feature will roll out to US users this summer for event venues in select cities, including Chicago, Pittsburgh, Charlotte and Miami, with plans to expand more broadly in the coming months.

The Uber Shuttle announcement was one of several new features announced at the company’s annual product update on Wednesday, which also included a discounted Uber One membership program for students and the ability for Uber Eats users to order from Costco even if they don’t have a membership. for big box retailers.

Overall, the announcement is designed to give people more reasons to use its products, while focusing on affordability with group rides and other discount offers. The strategy comes at a time when consumers are pulling back on spending in the face of higher prices for a range of goods, from groceries to clothing. Uber’s business diversification beyond traditional ride-hailing has also helped it maintain its leadership position over rival Lyft.

“The simple act of sharing, whether it’s a ride or groceries, makes your every day a little cheaper,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said at the company’s product event today in New York City.

Also among Uber’s Wednesday announcements is a feature designed for caregivers, which will allow them to book rides, order groceries and buy medical supplies and other items over the counter for loved ones. In certain cases, people receiving carer medical benefits can be used to cover rides and orders, and three-way chat will allow carers, riders and drivers to communicate together. (This feature builds on a similar offering that lets healthcare providers book rides for patients.)

Uber will also allow riders to pre-book shared rides — an evolution of what used to be called Uber Pool, where riders can split rides with strangers heading in the same direction — for a discount, a move it says was inspired by the growth of people using the app during the hour go back and forth. The feature will initially launch in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego and Atlanta, before expanding to other areas.

“Partnerships are an important part of the future of cities at our scale,” Camiel Irving, general manager of US and Canadian mobility operations, said Wednesday.

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