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Technology 'Uber Pet' will let drivers know your furry friend is coming too

16:30  09 october  2019
16:30  09 october  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Uber now lets you tell your driver if you're traveling with a pet

  Uber now lets you tell your driver if you're traveling with a pet The ride-hailing company's new feature, dubbed Uber Pet, lets riders give drivers a heads up when they're bringing along an animal."This new feature lets you communicate to a driver that you'll be bringing a furried (or even scaled!) friend onboard your Uber trip," Uber wrote in a blog post. "We built this feature to give riders peace of mind.

Dubbed Uber Pet , the new feature will be available in select cities starting on October 16th. It used to be that bringing a dog or cat in an Uber was Surprise pets are among the many complaints that you’ll hear from Uber drivers . Drivers have allergies or don’t want to deal with shedding or clean-up.

Riders must remember that Uber drivers drive private vehicles, which means they have higher standards than taxis. Therefore, dog owners who want to bring their furry friends must ensure that their dogs will behave throughout the trip. A well-behaved dog is a sign of a responsible dog owner.

Uber is testing a new ride option called Uber Pet, through which you can give drivers a heads up that you're bringing your pet along. Starting November 16th, riders in Austin, Denver, Nashville, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tampa Bay will see the option in the Uber app.

a dog riding on the back of a car

You'll pay a "small surcharge" to ride with your furry friend, though. You'll see the fee on your receipt and Uber'll add it to the upfront price if you choose that option.

It could help both riders and drivers avoid any unwanted surprises. It might give you peace of mind that a driver is happy to have a pet in their car and won't cancel as soon as they see your dog or cat (or another animal). Drivers can opt out of Uber Pet if they'd rather not ferry them around, but those who don't mind doing so will get a cut of that surcharge.

Uber Pet lets furry friends join the ride — for a fee

  Uber Pet lets furry friends join the ride — for a fee It used to be that bringing a dog or cat in an Uber was unpredictable . Uber recommended customers contact their drivers before bringing pets in the car, but it’s likely that many people didn’t follow this advice. Surprise pets are among the many complaints that you’ll hear from Uber drivers. © Provided by Vox Media, Inc.Drivers have allergies or don’t want to deal with shedding or clean-up. As a result, oftentimes, the ride would be canceled. Uber wants to reduce that friction with this new feature. Now, riders can select Uber Pet among the list of options before selecting a ride.

Since Uber and Lyft drivers aren’t employees, Uber and Lyft can’t really command them to allow all pets . Drivers are independent contractors who drive their own cars – not company cars. In the case of both companies, drivers are allowed to use their discretion when it comes to accepting pets on rides.

Service dogs are allowed in Ubers too . Uber drivers are only required to allow service animals in their vehicle, but most Uber drivers will allow Even though you’re not required to ask for permission from Uber to drive with your service dog, it’s a good idea to contact Uber and let them know your Friend was deactivated when he refused a lady with 3 dogs who claimed they were service dogs.

It's worth noting this doesn't bring about any changes to Uber'sservice animal policy. Riders with service animals won't be expected or required to select Uber Pet or pay the surcharge.

a close up of a map: Uber Pet© Engadget Uber Pet

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