Uber stops sharing tripsMarch 18, 2020
Uber Technologies on Tuesday began to suspend collaborative travel on its platform for travel to the United States and Canada to limit the spread of coronavirus.
The option, which allows drivers to book trips at lower prices, sharing a car with three other passengers traveling in the same direction, was disabled for users opening applications in two countries.
“Our goal is to help alleviate the spread of coronavirus in the cities we serve,” said Andrew MacDonald, senior vice president of Uber Rides and Platform. A spokeswoman said similar steps outside the US and Canada will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Uber Eats’ regular trips and food delivery platform remain available, but Uber explained that he contacted local authorities to adjust operations as needed. North America provides the majority of Uber’s revenue, but combined trips make up only a small fraction of all reservations, as shown by US cities.
Lyft, Uber’s smaller North American rival, did not respond to a request for comment on its general travel policy on Monday. The respiratory virus spread rapidly throughout the United States, killing at least 83 people on Monday and infecting more than 4,600 Americans.
On Monday, the White House urged people to avoid gathering more than 10 people and called for the closure of bars, restaurants and other places in states where local transmission of the virus exists. Some state and local governments have independently imposed mandatory restrictions on these places.
Starting Tuesday, Uber users in the US and Canada will also see a message reminding them to think about whether the trip they plan to book is necessary and “travel only when necessary,” the images provided by Uber showed.
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