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As a driver, can you see other Uber drivers near you? like on a map?

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jcgreen79
174 Rider
 Posted 3 years, 3 months ago

I am not a driver so I am just curious.  Wouldn't they want to know where others are?  To either gauge where the activities are or drive to where there's less competiion?

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    amcbeth
    343 Rider Driver
     2 years ago  (edited 5 months ago)

    I am in Southern New Jersey. If no requests are coming my way, I turn on my rider app and if I see six cars close by, I find another spot. I like driving in this area because the rides are long and the traffic bearable. I generally get a nice long ride to Philadephia and then I stay there the rest of the day.

    Once in Philadelphia the rides come immediately but the traffic is unbearable.

    I have driven to the Philadelphia airport and even though I never get in the queue, I have received three pickups after dropping off passengers. Perhaps they have a software bug. The queue is generally too long for me, so I just head back to the city.

    Maybe I should rethink this queue idea, because one of the pickups I received  a $40 cash tip (from the wife) and a $30 tip.in the app (from the  husband).


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      Goodideasll
      211 Driver
       5 months ago

      Hello. I read your post. I was wondering if any Uber driver from New Jersey can pick up riders in Pennsylvania? Where I live in New York, we are only allowed to pick up people in New York ( and we are not allowed in NYC!).  Can you pick up people in any state? Thank You!

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        amcbeth
        343 Rider Driver
         5 months ago

        I guess NYC is a different animal. 

        I live in New Jersey, only 20 minutes from Philadelphia. For some reason I am attached to that city.

        Once I am in Philadelphia I can pickup rides going to Delaware and New Jersey. 

        I once drove a passenger to Reading Pa from Philadelphia.

        The  strange thing about Uber is if I have a problem, they tell me to go to a greenlight location in upper New Jersey (1 hour & 50 minutes) rather than the one in Philadelphia (20  minutes).

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          Goodideasll
          211 Driver
           5 months ago

          Thank You Beth! I was just curious about this. Where we live in upstate New York, we get occasional rides to the airport in Burlington, Vermont which is only about an hour away by ferry. The problem is that we are not allowed to pick up passengers over there so we are required to return home empty and we still have to pay for the ferry ($10.75 per car +$4.50 per extra passenger). Plus, Uber and Lyft make us collect the ferry money ourselves from our passengers because they do not acknowledge the ferry exists. Even after telling somebody at Uber Support this, they do not care. It always makes us seem like beggars to our passengers. I tell them that if they don’t have the cash that they can pay for the ferry by masking the payment as a tip. Anyhow, I Thank You for your answer and wish you many successes in this New Year and hopefully 2021 will be much better than its’ predecessor!😊😉😊😉

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      KateHarley68
      102
       2 years ago

      Ah, so you are in the camp of checking the user app. That's a neat trick.  I wonder if it's accurate though.  When I request a ride, never once I feel like one of the cars I see on the map had responded.

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    AGirlHasNoName
    116
     2 years ago

    Is there a way to download the Driver's App if I am not a driver?

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      FlutterShy
      310 Rider
       2 years ago

      I don't think so.  Why don't you just try it.

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    jcgreen79
    OP 174 Rider
     3 years ago

    Thank you!  Driver apps are such mystery to us non-drivers.  This is neat.  i've always wondered this.