By giving them more decision-making power, the American company hopes to bring back many drivers who left during the pandemic.
Uber will give its drivers the ability to choose their cars based on destination and price, a feature that drivers have long requested. A potential passenger’s request will include the amount the driver will earn if he accepts it, as well as the destination. “It’s easier for drivers to decide if running is worth the time and effort required“, assures the platform for booking cars with a driver (VTC), in a press release published on Friday.
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Uber is engaged in a long-term battle to prove that the economic model it has created, which “gig economy(gig economy), economic and social viability. Self-employment status for drivers, which is essential to this model, is contested by many countries and US states. The new question format has been tested in several cities this year and will be rolled out in the United States in the coming months, the statement said.
Uber assured that the tests were also positive for passengers, “with more trips made and less waiting“. Many drivers feel that they have disadvantages of independence, without upsides.
Restore the drivers
The San Francisco-based company previously tried similar options during the campaign for the 2020 referendum in California on the status of drivers. The condition of the contractors prevailed, but many drivers criticized the group for eliminating or removing their component parts that gave them more freedom.
Uber is struggling to bring back its drivers after the Covid-19 pandemic, to meet the high demand. In May, the company announced that it would invest more in its offering for drivers. Friday’s release mentions a new tool, “Travel radar“, which will allow drivers to see a list of other races around, “with the opportunity to choose another that is better for them“. The giant VTC will also offer them a bank card with associated advantages, especially to save on the price of fuel, which has increased significantly.
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