How is Uber Group ride different from Uber Pool?

Uber Group Ride is a new feature that the ride-hailing platform has launched across India after several other countries. This article details everything about this new feature and how it differs from Uber Pool.

While heading out for your office in a cab is your routine, checking out for new offers and features to save some extra bucks during your rides may also have become a morning ritual for most of us. The cab services never fail to impress their regular riders or attract new customers with their new features and offers. Similarly, Uber has rolled out a new feature 'Group Rides' for its Indian riders. As a part of this new feature, the ride-hailing platform will permit its users to share their rides with up to three friends who are going toward the same destination. While it may look similar to the other carpooling options available in the market in contrast this feature gives users more control than the app selects random passengers. You may be also aware that Uber itself offered a pool service named Uber Pool which was withdrawn by the company during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, in the new feature, the one who is starting the ride just needs to share the link with his or her group through a social messaging platform and after that, all the members can choose their drop-off location separately. There is just one catch in the feature everyone must be headed the same way. The fare will be divided equally among the riders.

How Is Uber Group Ride Different From Uber Pool?

The major highlight that differentiates Uber Group Rides from Uber Pool is that with the former option, the customers are free to choose their acquaintances. The pool service was a platform where the app matched the passengers with people heading in the same direction. Unlike Uber Group Ride, Uber Pool was a great option only for those who were not opposed to riding with strangers. The other major factor could be safety because you of course feel safe with the people you know already.

The Uber Pool service was available to only two known people at a time. The system only allowed you to reserve a seat for yourself and your companion. In contrast to Uber Pool, you are free to choose all your co-passengers. The other highlight of the feature is that it will be beneficial for Uber drivers as well in contrast to the previous Uber Pool. The drivers will continue to receive the same amount as in an Uber Go or Premier Ride regardless of which route they take. The situation was the opposite with Uber Pool drivers because they would earn slightly less than an Uber Go or Premier driver.

Bottom Line

The important thing is that in addition to reducing costs for passengers by up to 30%, the Group Rides will also help reduce carbon emissions. Currently, the option is available across the country after it was launched in other countries including Brazil, the US, and Mexico. Now, it remains to see how useful and successful it turns out to be for all the riders.


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