In an effort to ease traffic in Metro Manila, Uber has added carpooling to its service, the general manager of the transportation network company (TNC) in the Philippines said on Wednesday, June 15.
UberPool or “carpooling through technology” is the newest addition to the Uber app, which will match the point-to-point destination in Metro Manila of up to three passengers and allow them to share one ride, said Laurence Cua during its soft launch at the 29th anniversary of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Wednesday, June 15.
Cua said UberPool was now available to all users who have Uber on their iOS and Android devices this Wednesday.
It is the fourth service offered by Uber aside from the existing Uber X, which would provide standard cars for one rider; Uber Black, a premium option offering high end vehicles; and UberHop, a similar carpooling service from which UberPool was based.
Based on a statement by Uber, UberHop, launched in February 9, allows up to five passengers to share a ride during rush hour for a flat fare.
Cua said he saw potential in carpooling for Metro Manila as he noted the “expansion” and “growth in ride-sharing” in the densely populated region.
Cua also said he hoped that the new service would help “take cars off the road” to ease traffic congestion, citing a study by navigation app Waze, which named Metro Manila as having “the worst traffic on Earth.”
“We’re excited to be part of the solution. We want to make traffic better,” Cua told reporters.
Cua also hoped that UberPool would yield a positive impact on the environment, as taking cars off the road would “reduce carbon dioxide emissions and [the country’s carbon footprint.”
Outgoing LTFRB Chairperson Winston Ginez defended Uber as a way to solve Metro Manila traffic.
“This is a good step in decongesting our cities,” said Ginez.