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Uber Driver App, New and Improved!

Posted by: RideGuru Apr 10, 2018
Updated Jan 18, 2019

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Uber drivers, this is some big news for you! Uber announced they are making some significant changes to their driver app! Some of the big new features on the app are better tracking for driver earnings, and easier handled connectivity issues.

How did Uber create this new app? Well first, they used actual feedback they solicited from drivers about the new app after releasing it as a test run. The suggestions they were given were apparently taken into consideration when the final version of the app was designed.

One of the most interesting features of this new driver app is that it is using some gamified elements to help drivers track their earnings and number of hours worked, highlighting different milestones they could hit to receive different awards. Some critics say that this is a way for Uber to trick drivers into working more, but others say it adds a fun element to the Uber app and allows them to earn more money.

When a driver hits a milestone, they have the ability to earn bonuses with each level they hit – such as “20 trips in 2 days” or other achievements along those lines. This feature is now the main focus of the driver app. Prior to this version, the information was more hidden to drivers who may not have realized they could earn more.

Additionally, the new app will tell drivers where they should drive based on the amount of surge in a given area, encouraging to go where there is higher demand. This will, in turn, let these drivers earn more.

Uber’s driver app will include compliments and ratings from the passengers, as well as more data about how many trips they’ve completed during their time as a driver.

With this new driver app, Uber hopes to get on the good side of drivers and provide them with a better experience, which will hopefully lead to higher earnings.

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    tydriver1020
    Driver
     11 months ago  (edited 11 months ago)

    If Uber and Lyft want to get "on the good side" of drivers, pay them more! This is not rocket science.

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      BGraft89
      596 Rider Driver
       11 months ago

      Yeah, right?  I appreciate the "gesture," including 911 button, better user feedback, and supposedly more transparent earnings report, but...  Can you just pay us more?

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    DDominico69
    149 Driver
     11 months ago

    I sort of feel like this gamificatuon is like a smoke screen. Seems way more complex and looks like they are trying to hide what actually happening. 

    Isnt this gamification-awards-and-trophies thing a way for companies to promote sales, more usage, and give the illusion of value?  Like smartphone games.  I'm not sure how I feel about this. 

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      BGraft89
      596 Rider Driver
       11 months ago

      Some of those achievements are actual financial bonuses.   I think it's the same as before with items under the Promotions tab.  Like your boost and stuff. You know how it does't currently tell you the progress, like how close you are to the 2.4x boost?  

      With new app you can. That's kinda neat. 

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    BGraft89
    596 Rider Driver
     10 months ago

    So I had marked my calendar for this "big" announcement by Dara Khosrowski, and it was a total disappointment.  Remember, there was a big hype and no one knew what he was going to say.  The way he fanned it, we all thought we were getting a pay increase.

    Imagine when we heard him say this:

    "We focused too much on growth and not enough on the people who were driving that growth. We called you partners, but we didn’t really treat you as partners."

    Oooooohhh.  More focus on us!  The drivers!!  Yes, Dara!  We deserve to be paid more! We were patient and we waited!! 

    ...then he drops the bomb about a new app.  Something we all would have known and noticed when we updated our phone next.  We didn't need an announcement for that....

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      AsStibelDude
      556 Driver
       10 months ago

      I pulled over on the side of the road and abandoned my shift to listen.  Yeah, this announcement should have been notification on the app's landing page.