Let’s be honest, carpooling isn’t just about squeezing more people into the backseat. uberpool, the ride-hailing service’s new feature costs less than other ride options available on the app. With uberpool, you get asked where you’re going, and then the app pairs you up with one or two other people to ride to the same place together. The rates on this particular ride-sharing feature are 20% to 50% cheaper, and is a cleaner, greener and more efficient way to travel. Someday, it might even replace public transportation altogether.
uber CEO Travis Kalanick said in a TED Talk that Pool “turns every car into a shared car.” The ride-sharing feature helps cut down on traffic, CO2 emissions, and reshape cities altogether before the coming self-driving car revolution.