The revamped rideshare carpool option, dubbed UberX Share, is now available in nine cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The company said it has plans to expand UberX Share to more cities this summer.
Andrew Macdonald, Uber’s SVP of mobility and business operations, said in a statement Tuesday that UberX Share “reimagines the future of shared rides with greater efficiency and safety top of mind.” He also said riders can expect to receive “an upfront discount and up to 20% off the total fare, if matched with a co-rider along the way.”
In an apparent nod to pandemic concerns, Uber is also taking steps to limit the number of people in a carpool at once, for now. The company said in a blog post that customers can currently request only one seat with UberX Share and will share the ride with only one other passenger at a time. Masks are optional but recommended, the company added, except in locations that still mandate masking.