With contactless delivery in full swing and Covid-19 forcing more people to stay inside their homes, finding options to get goods from one place to another has become increasingly more important. Uber Connect, an Uber service that people used to laugh at is now becoming quite popular for individuals who are quarantining or want to quickly move an item without leaving their apartment.
Uber Connect is an Uber service that allows you to request a rideshare driver to transport your item to a specified drop off location.
1. Open your Uber app and start by entering in where you would like your packaged to be delivered in the standard "Where to?" section of your Uber app.
2. Next, scroll through the vehicle options and instead of selecting a rideshare vehicle like UberX, you would select "Connect."
3. Review your payment method and tap "Next."
4. Agree to the package delivery Terms and Conditions, and confirm that your package doesn't contain any prohibited items (see below for prohibited items)
5. Reply to the message you'll receive in the Uber app asking for the recipient's name and any special delivery instructions for your driver.
6. Meet the driver curbside and load the package into the trunk to avoid contact.
7. Share the Uber Connect trip with the recipient so they can track the trip and know when the package has arrived. If the recipient is unable to retrieve the package from the driver’s trunk then you will need to instruct the driver on where they should safely leave the item.
Uber Connect charges a base fare of $1.44 along with a booking fee of $3.45. You will then be charged $0.34 per minute and $1.07 per mile with a minimum fare of $8.28. Additional fees including surcharges, tolls, and long pickup charges can also increase the cost of the trip.
Currently you can send small or medium sized packages that have a maximum combined weight of 30 pounds and a maximum combined value of $100. All packages should be securely sealed and bale to fit in a standard sized trunk.
Uber currently prohibits the following items. Sending illegal or unsafe products can lead to legal action, including civil and criminal penalties.