Uber is testing a new option to allow pets to join customers on rides, in a limited number of cities, for a nominal charge…
Rideshare service Uber is now in experimenting with a new feature intended to reduce cancellations. Appropriately called “Uber Pet,” the new option will be available on October 16th.
Uber Pet Debuts in Select Cities as an Experiment with a Surcharge
Uber is running the test because one of the more common complaints among drivers is surprise pet passengers. Riders are advised to contact potential drivers ahead, but many don’t heed the advice.
Unsuspecting drivers would cancel in such situations, due to a variety of reasons, including allergies and clean-up.
Now, riders can simply select Uber Pet and pay a small surcharge of $3 to $5 in the upfront pricing. (Of course, service animals are exempt from the upcharge.)
Meanwhile, drivers who don’t want to participate can easily opt-out through the preferences section. However, drivers who do participate are guaranteed to receive a “significant portion” of the surcharge over and above their standard trip earnings.
Uber Pet will be available on the 16th in Austin, Denver, Nashville, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Tampa Bay.