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Uber testing out new feature that let's you know when rides will be cheaper

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lilly
967 Rider Guru
 Posted 11 months, 1 week ago

"Trying to time your Uber ride so you get the lowest fare is always a bit of a gamble, but now, the company is testing out a feature that would let you opt to wait to get a cheaper ride."

Apparently, the app will tell you something like "If you wait 4 more minutes your fare will be 25 cents cheaper"

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    NewGirlStein
    23
     11 months ago

    i don't really understand how this feature works.  Do I put it in the preference how long I am willing to wait for my rides?  or do I type that in every time?  Is it an yes/no question I get ?  So many questions.

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      KillaBeez
      31
       11 months ago

      No one knows.  Uber just spurts out these features, so everyone is seeing things for the first time.  I have a buddy who works Uber and he doesn't know any of these things that are being released.   He told me every feature release is phased in and every region has its own schedule.  They make no announcements.

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      KamelKamelKamel
      79
       11 months ago

      Yeah, I think the understanding is that it just popups and offers you a discount. I don't think it's like a real feature that you access or invoke proactively.  

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        KitteryMe
        30
         11 months ago

        Just like anything else with Uber, they just give us wahtever and we take it.

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    gregt
    73 Rider
     11 months ago

    If you need to wait 4 minutes to save 25 cents just take the freaking subway...

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      KitteryMe
      30
       11 months ago

      No, no.  I finally get it now.  It's for avoiding surges... I am assuming.  At least that's a good example.  If you wait 20 minutes and you knew there'd be no surge, wouldn't you wait?

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    dishesswishes
    64
     11 months ago

    I just use RideGuru :)

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    himfu
    59 Rider
     11 months ago

    This seems very Un-Uber like to me...

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    ElChewbaccaCabra
    1 Driver
     11 months ago

    This is what I tell my friends and family when they complain about surge pricing.

    "just wait 15 minutes and you'll save 50%"

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      FitBitMeIn
      136
       11 months ago

      You know, that's a good call.  This is basically to avoid surge pricing, isn't it.  That's all it is.  No elaborate price adjustments.  It's basically a simply message that tells people to just request again in 15 minutes.

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    Bigfrank
    365 Driver Driver Rider
     11 months ago

    Attention all Uber drivers uninstall your uber app and surge up lyft . Cheap prices equals cheap people.