Ridesharing giant Uber has just announced two new ridesharing services that will kick off in the metro areas of US cities Chicago and Seattle.
The first is 'UberHOP' which is similar to conventional bus transportation, which will debut on Thursday, December 10. UberHOP will match groups of passengers with an Uber driver who is heading in the same direction, but unlike Uber's traditional door-to-door services, it requires riders and the driver to meet at a predetermined location and time - just like a bus stop - and they require all passengers to be dropped off at a single location, and walk the rest of the way.
The second pilot program (which is available in Chicago only) is 'UberCOMMUTE'. UberCOMMUTE lets drivers who are commuting into the city center to share their trip with another passenger, and secure a portion of the driving expense. UberCOMMUTE is an extension of the UberPOOL program, two or more commuters can share their ride, and defer the cost between themselves. This service will be available Monday through Friday, from 6AM to 10PM.