Currently available in North, South, West, and Central Jakarta area, with some areas in East Jakarta and South Tangerang
Ride-hailing app company Uber today officially launched its carpooling service uberPOOL in Indonesia, starting from Jakarta.
The service enables people going to the same place at the same time to share the journey, with the goal to create cheaper ride options and less congestion over time – in a city where its citizens spend 400 million hours a year sitting in cars stuck in traffic jams.
Here is the guideline to use the service:
- Choose uberPOOL in the app.
- Enter pickup location, destination and payment method, then request a ride. Driver’s details will be displayed – name, photo and car details – just like they would for any other Uber ride.
- uberPOOL will then match you with another passenger heading in the same direction: That passenger will either be in the car at the start of the trip, in which case users will see their name in advance; or the driver will pick them up along the way, in which case Uber will notify users via the app. Whether you’re first or second into the car, you need to factor that it may take longer to get to your destination.
- The fare for uberPOOL is guaranteed upfront, even when the trips is not matched, the passenger still pays the same amount.
- Uber’s standard product safety features are in place before, during and after every trip, including GPS tracking, two-way feedback and the ability to share trip details with family and friends.
- At the end of your trip, you pay as you would normally and receive an electronic receipt.
As seen on the map above, the service is currently available in North, South, West, and Central Jakarta area, with some areas in East Jakarta and South Tangerang.
Uber claimed that since being introduced in 2014, uberPOOL service has brought positive impacts to riders, drivers, and the city itself in various parts of the world.
“In 2016 so far, there are over 100 million uberPOOL trips globally, cutting over 90 million miles driven on our roads – by riders opting to share their ride via uberPOOL. That translates to over 1.8 million gallons of gas saved, and 16,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions prevented,” according to a statement by the company.
It also stated that half of those savings come from China alone, with 20 million uberPOOL trips per month in the country.
Image Credit: Uber
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