Uber has launched its car-pooling service ‘UberPOOL’ in Dhaka. The company made the announcement in an event marking 3 years of operations in Bangladesh.
‘UberPOOL’ is a new ridesharing option that allows riders to join, or ‘POOL’, with other riders with similar routes in the same Uber, and share the cost of the trip. Shared rides like UberPOOL will enable more people to travel using fewer cars. The company claims UberPool allows cheaper rides for passengers, longer, more-rewarding trips for drivers, and less congestion for cities over time. The trip fare on UberPOOL can be up to 40% lower than the UberX fare for the same distance.
Commenting on the Rides businesses third year anniversary in Bangladesh, Ratul Ghosh, Head of Bangladesh & East India, said, “we are proud to be an important part of Bangladesh’s mobility ecosystem for the past 3 years and are continuing our commitment to the market with the launch of UberPOOL. At Uber, we want to use technology for efficient carpooling because we believe this is the future. On this occasion of completing three successful years in Bangladesh, I’d like to thank the Government of Bangladesh, our business partners, riders and driver-partners for their support, and want to reassure them that we will continue to strive for excellence and growth in this very important market.”
Uber launched Pool about five years ago. The product has evolved and represents the true nature of ride-hailing. The company says "with the capability to match riders optimally and provide better, shorter, and faster routes with fewer detours, UberPOOL delivers an affordable and consistent option to consumers."
Uber users could use Pool service in the Uber app. When you open the Uber app, you’ll see Pool option in the app. Once requested, you will get matched with the most compatible co-riders and a driver nearby, and the best spot for pickup in under 2 minutes. When your ride details are finalized, the app gives you walking directions and the ETA to pick up so you know when and where to meet your driver. As you near the end of your trip, the Uber app will choose a drop-off spot, notify you, and provide walking directions to your final destination.