It’s not always easy to ask for one Uber🇧🇷 In addition to the dynamics, many users complain about the delay for a ride to be accepted by a driver. But the company is taking the Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo a solution to this headache in moments of greater demand: the Uber Priority🇧🇷
The modality began to be distributed to people from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo this Monday (14). In a note, the company explained that the update offers the possibility of faster shipments for users. Drivers, in turn, have one more earning opportunity in the travel service.
But it is important to pay attention to Uber’s press release. According to the company, the option increases “the chances of a shorter waiting time”. This means that, even paying more for the race, there is no guarantee that the time reduction will actually happen.
The service will be limited to times of greater demand for trips up to 10 kilometers away. Additionally, Priority is only available in the following cities:
- Midwest: Campo Grande (MS), Cuiabá (MT) and Goiânia (GO);
- Southeast: Belo Horizonte (MG), Campinas (SP), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), São Paulo (SP), Santos (SP) and Vitória (ES);
- North East: Fortaleza (CE), João Pessoa (PB), Recife (PE), Salvador (BA) and São Luís (MA);
- North: Belém (PA).
The function is interesting for those who are in a hurry or have no alternative. For example, if you are leaving work at 6 pm and need a car, you can choose priority so that the driver gets to you in less time. In return, you will have to pay a little more for the platform partner to arrive faster.
In fact, I can imagine this need in some places in Rio de Janeiro, where I live. This is the case of Jardim Oceânico station, in Barra da Tijuca: in addition to the traffic in the late afternoon, the place has many people calling a taxi, Uber or 99. This causes both the cost of the ride and the waiting time to increase considerably .
However, I wonder if the measure will be really effective. in conversations about cancellations, for example, most drivers have told me that they keep switching between apps to find the best ride. There are even those who leave Uber’s ride proposal aside, even after accepting it, if they receive a notification with a more advantageous trip on another platform.
Opera summary: can Uber Priority solve this problem? It will help, yes. However, this would not be the solution for everything. Especially considering that during rush hour traffic is often worse, and all that extra gain could end up at the gas station rather than the driver’s pocket.
In the end, the price of fuel is one of the complaints of drivers from Uber and other platforms.