Uber adds op­tion to tip driv­ers as it heads in a new di­rec­tion

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

SAN FRAN­CISCO | Uber is en­abling pas­sen­gers to tip its U.S. driv­ers with a tap on its ride-hail­ing app for the first time, part of a push to re­cast it­self as a com­pany with a con­science and a heart.

Be­sides the built-in tip­ping op­tion an­nounced Tues­day, Uber is giv­ing driv­ers an op­por­tu­nity to make more money in other ways too.

Rid­ers will be charged by the minute if they keep an Uber car wait­ing for more than two min­utes. Uber also is re­duc­ing the time that rid­ers have to can­cel a ride to avoid be­ing slapped with a $5 fee from five min­utes to two min­utes af­ter sum­mon­ing a driver.

Uber won’t take any of the tip money. The San Fran­cisco-based com­pany will con­tinue to col­lect part of ride-can­cel­la­tion fees, as well as the new wait­ing-time charges.

The tip­ping op­tion, long avail­able

in the app of ri­val Lyft, is now avail­able in Seat­tle, Hous­ton and Min­neapo­lis. Uber plans to make it a sta­ple in all U.S. cities by the end of July. Other fea­tures will roll out in Au­gust.

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