I heard I shouldn't type my destination until I am in the car, so the drivers cannot cancel or not pick you up. Is this true?
I heard I shouldn't type my destination until I am in the car, so the drivers...
The Guru Take
(Update: Uber app requires that users enter the destination before they can request a vehicle.)
Nothing to worry about here. In order to discourage this type of selective pickups, the destination of the trip is not shared with the drivers until the riders get in the car.
I know why you are worried though. This has been a continued problem with taxis who pick up their fares on the street. It was one of the most common complaints in busy cities like NYC and Boston. The taxi drivers, upon approaching the potential passenger, would ask the destination, and if the trip does not seem lucrative, they decline the fare and drive off. Think of cases where 1) the return trip may incur the driver significant gas or tolls, 2) it is too short of a drive to be taken out of a taxi queue, 3) too much traffic which nets them less amount per minute, etc.
The other side of the story. Many NYC Uber drivers are fearful of trips that go over the bridge. Due to expensive tolls, their return trip can sometimes make them lose money. (The bridge tolls can be over $15.)