Uber launches Express Pool for those who don't mind walking

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The new service lets customers book rides with other passengers heading in the same general direction, making it more efficient by minimizing the number of deviations a driver must make.

In addition to having to walk a little prior to the journey, riders will also have to walk a bit at the end of their journey to reach their final destination.

Uber drivers can expect to earn the same amount as they normally would on a regular Uber POOL pickup, and Uber officials are hoping Express POOL will make the POOL experience better for them, too. Unfortunately, those rides are set to become fewer and farther between, as Uber seeks to flawless rider-driver matching in its latest product, Express Pool.

For those who are hearing about Uber Express Pool for the first time, the core idea is the same which is that it will try to connect multiple passengers and a driver who are traveling along the same route.

Uber has been testing the service since November in San Francisco and Boston and said theres been enough support for it to run 24 hours a day. Yes, Express Pool will be affected by surge pricing, just like every other facet of the app.

Ridesharing provider Uber is launching a new service in Denver that will feel familiar to anyone who has ever ridden a city bus. Rides can be up to 30% cheaper than Uberpool and could cost up to 75% less than a regular Uber ride.

Even as the company has seen unprecedented growth by expanding to dozens of countries, Uber has been hurt by allegations of executive misconduct, a toxic work atmosphere, and potentially unethical competitive practices.

"The future of transportation in cities includes a shift towards more space-efficient modes of transportation and away from personal auto ownership", Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase said in the release.

The result is a service that's more affordable for passengers and more efficient for drivers, said Ethan Stock, Uber's product lead on Express Pool.

The company announced on Wednesday a shared ride service called Express Pool.

Stock said the system should work well with public transit, providing first-mile and last-mile service for transit riders and by providing service to low passenger volume areas where its not cost effective for public transit to serve.

While Uber's chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, recently expressed interest in the company someday running a city's buss ervice, Stock was quick to point out the differences between Express Pool and buses.

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