Sunday, December 13, 2015

How do Uber drivers get home at the end of the day?

Uber's matching algorithm takes drivers' destinations into account at the end of their working day: here's Uber's announcement of the change in their matching algorithm (published in November).  Helping Drivers Reach Their Destinations

"For our partners, driving with Uber means having the freedom to set their own schedules. The reasons people drive are as diverse as the individuals themselves. Some drive to supplement existing income, others drive to save up for a vacation or to pay off a student loan–-and when and where drivers choose to log onto to the Uber platform varies just as much.

"That’s why we’re introducing a new feature that enables drivers to tell Uber where they’re heading so that we can find trips on their way.

"Starting this week in the Bay Area, drivers will be able to set their destination twice a day when they want to be matched only with riders traveling in a similar direction. Whether it’s commuting to the areas where rides are needed most, driving back home at the end of the day, or running errands around town, drivers can set their destination to earn fares that are along their route."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Why only twice a day? Surely autonomous partners should be able to decide for themselves what destinations they prefer. Seems to me Uber is treating its drivers like employees.