Can you schedule rides in advance with Uber?

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Can I schedule a ride with Uber in advance? The answer is, finally, Yes!

According to a recent blog post on Uber’s newsroom, Russell Dicker, an Uber product head, stated:

“We’ve heard from our riders that sometimes they want to arrange a pickup in advance so they can rest assured that an Uber will be available when they need it, even if it’s for a 4AM ride to the airport.”

Uber is starting their scheduled rides program in Seattle with plans to expand globally. According to Uber “top business travel cities” will be the next cities to try out Uber’s scheduled rides feature. Dicker also stated that Uber for business customers and riders who have business profiles will be given priority access.

The current scheduling tool only allows users to schedule an UberX styled car for pickup, although users can schedule that car anywhere from 30 minutes to 30 days in advance.

When riders wish to schedule a ride, they will be able to set their desired pickup time (in 15 minute increments) and their pick up location. Uber will then send out 2 reminders, one 24 hours in advance and a second one 30 minutes before the scheduled ride pickup. Up until the second reminder, riders will have the option to change their pickup location or cancel their ride with no penalty.

While scheduled Uber rides may seem like a dream to a lot of riders, there is one negative aspect, surge pricing. According to Uber, if you schedule a ride in advance and then at pick up time surge pricing is active in your area, you will still have to pay the higher fare. While Uber states that they will alert you of the surge in advance and even give you a 5 minute window to cancel without penalty, users may still be stuck scrambling for a cab last minute or forced to pay the higher fare.

While Uber may seem ahead of the curve with scheduled rides, they are actually only following in their competitors footsteps. Lyft, actually announced that they were testing scheduled rides in San Francisco a few weeks ago on their blog.

Currently the only real difference between Lyft’s and Uber’s scheduled rides program is that Lyft’s scheduling options are more short term. Lyft riders can presently only schedule rides between 30 minutes and 24 hours in advance. However, with with the copycat style of competing between Uber and Lyft, we wouldn’t be surprised if Lyft expanded their scheduling time frame!

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Introducing UberFareFinder, LyftFareFinder, and CurbFareFinder!

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The TaxiFareFinder team is extremely excited to announce the release of our three new rideshare based websites, UberFareFinder.com, LyftFareFinder.com, and CurbFareFinder.com. Each of these three new websites has been created with the same standards that we hold for TaxiFareFinder and have proven to give highly accurate fare estimates for the respective rideshare companies that they represent. On top of being able to give precise fare estimates that include real-time surge and prime time pricing, users are also able to hail their desired rideshare car directly from each Fare Finder website. Once a visitor finds a ride estimate he or she likes they can simply click on a “Request Service” button, where they will be taken directly to the designated rideshare companies’ website or mobile app to dispatch a car without entering any additional information!

We are thrilled to expand our technology into the rideshare space and we hope this family of Fare Finder calculators will help to bring transparency to the taxi and rideshare industry as well as help our fans to find the best deal. Try out the new Fare Finders today to learn which rideshare company is the best option for you.

To view the Press Release please click here.

 

To view a Text Only Press Release please see below.

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TAXIFAREFINDER EXTENDS FARE ESTIMATES TO UBER, LYFT, AND CURB

TaxiFareFinder.com, the leader in publishing taxi rates and information, has been a longtime favorite of travelers for their fare estimating tool. Now, the developer has extended its fare estimation to rideshare services, Uber, Lyft, and Curb. They are offered as three different websites, UberFareFinder.com, LyftFareFinder.com, and CurbFareFinder.com.

Boston, Massachusetts – March 15th, 2016 – Unleashed, LLC, the Boston based technology company best known for TaxiFareFinder.com, announced today the release of three rideshare based websites, UberFareFinder.com, LyftFareFinder.com, and CurbFareFinder.com. Each website is designed to introduce users to the respective rideshare services, rates, and fare estimates in a quick and user-friendly way.

Unleashed, LLC president Ippei Takahashi states, “With accurate fare estimates for Uber, Lyft, and Curb, our team at Unleashed hopes to bring further transparency to the travel industry.  It is our goal to equip travelers, so they can be informed, plan accordingly, and travel safely.”

The fare calculation support extends internationally and to virtually all cities Uber, Lyft, and Curb operate in. The sites are also capable of producing estimates for each companies’ different rides and services, such as varying vehicle types.

In order to get a fare estimate, users simply need to enter their “origin” and “destination” locations. The users can enter not only addresses, but also city names, landmarks, business names, zip codes, and coordinates (latitude and longitude). If the users do not have the exact location, the page can suggest locations through auto-completing fields.

For the benefit of those who immediately need a ride, the fare estimates displayed are in real-time, even taking into account Uber’s surge pricing and Lyft’s prime time rates. These warnings enable users to avoid unforeseen charges, choose the best ride option available, and be informed of the cost they will incur.

Once users have found an estimate and a service they are satisfied with, they can click on a “Request Service” button, where they will be taken directly to the designated rideshare companies’ website or mobile app to dispatch a car without entering any additional information.

The new Uber, Lyft, and Curb Fare Finder calculators will be an invaluable feature for those needing to research the cost of a trip before leaving home, or for those needing to verify their fare after the fact.

 

About Unleashed, LLC

Unleashed, LLC is a Boston based technology company that specializes in creating websites and smartphone applications to provide users with the information they need for daily decisions. The company is best known for creating the popular travel site TaxiFareFinder.com.  TaxiFareFinder, released in 2007, is an online resource for all things related to taxis and rideshares. TaxiFareFinder is best recognized for its groundbreaking, location based, taxi and rideshare fare calculators. With taxi and rideshare rates for more than 2,000 international locations, TaxiFareFinder is the proven, trusted trip companion for travelers around the world.

Uber Cuts Prices In Over 100 Cities

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It seems as though Uber is making headlines every other week for their low prices, but with their latest announcement revealing they are dropping prices in over 100 U.S. and Canadian cities, Uber has surpassed their past benchmarks making this price drop one of the most significant in Uber’s history.

With the holidays drifting away into the past, the mid-January blues kicking in, and people staying at home to save money, Uber is finding that their demand for rides has dropped. Their solution is to lower  fares in over a 100 cities in hopes of enticing more riders to open up their Uber app, hail a car, and get out of the house for a few hours. Sounds great for riders, but is it going to be beneficial for drivers as well? Uber is hoping that by lowering fares their drivers will be able to complete more trips which means more money in their pockets.

Or does it?

While we cannot argue that low demand is tough on drivers, Uber has to realize that by lowering their fares, they are also in effect lowering their driver’s earning potential. Car payments, gas prices, and maintenance costs will all remain the same for Uber drivers, yet their per trip income will be cut. Apparently, The RideShare Guy feels similar as he recently stated, “The gist of it is, that Uber will be cutting fares in order to increase passenger demand and then drivers will make more money.  Unfortunately, we’ve been through this before and that is a total lie.  When rates go down, it may increase passenger demand but drivers most definitely make less.  And if they’re doing more trips per hour, their expenses are also higher.”

Even further, according to The RideShare Guy, Uber made their announcement on lowering fares after business hours on a Friday and didn’t even e-mail drivers about it! Because this is something that will affect all Uber drivers significantly, you would think that Uber would have had the courtesy to at least forewarn all of their drivers. Could this be one of the reasons, Uber’s driver turnover is so high? It seems like the company rarely puts their workforce first when making decisions.

The list of cities that will be affected has not been published by Uber, but our TFF team is working hard to figure out which cities are included in the price drop and will publish the full list for our readers! Stay Tuned!

 

About the Author

Lilly is the marketing manager for TaxiFareFinder.com. She has a dream to travel to 100 countries during her lifetime but meanwhile is filling her time by instagramming pictures of her puppy and trying to figure out how to get an acceptance letter to Hogwarts.

Taxis vs. Rideshares: An Industry Depicted Through Graphics

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Following and staying updated on the Rideshare/Taxi Industry is exhausting! Every ride-hail company is trying to get their piece of the pie and it is causing a lot of confusion for riders.  Furthermore with the introduction of new ridesharing app-based services every day, finding the best transportation choice has become a lot more complicated than just waving your hand and hailing a cab.

To help make our fans lives a bit easier, we have compiled our most helpful rideshare and taxi infographics in one blog post. Whether you are still learning about Uber and Lyft, are curious which company is cheapest, or are eager to learn which airports your should avoid taking taxis from, there is an easy to view infographic waiting to show you!

 

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Uber VS Lyft VS Taxi: A Price Comparison

Trouble navigating the world of rideshares, taxi services, and other transportation options? Using RideGuru, we have broken down the costs of two of the major rideshare services, Lyft and UberX, and traditional taxi services. The costs of these three transportation options are compared in five major cities in the United States. Ride on!

 

The Ups and Downs of the Medallion

The taxi industry has been going through much turmoil in recent months; from dropping medallion prices to rideshare protests to job losses. Take a look at this TaxiFareFinder infographic that outlines the rise (and recent fall) of medallion prices in New York City. The sharp decrease is thought to be caused by rideshare services, so it will be interesting to see the final outcome for medallions, the taxi industry, and the rideshare industry.

 

Catch A Ride: Costs From 20 Major Airports to Their Respective City Centers

One of the first impressions of a new city is the taxi ride taken from the airport to the destination, generally to a hotel or event in a city. This initial taxi ride can set the tone for a trip – the ride can be a quick breeze or a long, expensive nightmare. The TaxiFareFinder team has compiled information from taxis around the world to help travelers be prepared with the knowledge of what to expect when traveling to twenty of the largest airports.

 

How Do You Ride?

Which Rideshare company is your favorite? Do you switch between companies or are you loyal to one? We surveyed over 300 riders on our site to find these answers and highlight some common trends.