Uber is launching a new booking feature next week, the company shared with Tour telegraph on Friday, giving users the chance to book rides for $50 an hour and make multiple stops as the ride-hailing company tries to respond to changing consumer needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Uber had piloted the Hourly option in cities across Africa, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East. Now, it’s ready to roll the feature in dozens of U.S. cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, DC, Houston, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, Tacoma, and Tampa Bay. It will be available in these cities beginning June 2nd, and eligible drivers can opt-in for Hourly trip requests in Uber’s Work Hub.
Uber made the move in an effort to offer riders a more convenient way to get things done, and to provide an additional earnings opportunity for drivers as we move forward in this ‘new normal,’ Niraj Patel, director of rider operations at Uber said in a statement.
According to the press statement, Uber explains that With the new Hourly option, users will request a trip like they would any other on-demand ride, but they’ll be able to set multiple stops. Hourly trips will cost $50 per hour (with mileage overage varying by city). And Uber promises that Hourly rides will be matched with drivers in more spacious and newer vehicles — like those eligible for Uber Comfort.
Uber also said the Hourly option could make running errands a bit more convenient.
The launch comes as Uber believes more people will start using the rideshare service as states begin to reopen parts of their economy.
Though, it still asks customers to follow local health guidelines and travel only when necessary. The company began requiring both riders and drivers to wear masks earlier this month.