Uber has launched Paid Wait Time in South Africa, which will see riders pay an extra per-minute fee if they make their driver wait more than five minutes at their pick-up location. “Long wait times can be stressful for driver-partners. By the time they arrive at the pick-up location, the driver has already invested fuel, time, and effort in getting to a rider,” said Uber.
Arrival times are now just a few minutes, and riders need only request a ride when it’s time to leave, said Uber.
“The Paid Wait Time feature is a simple addition that riders will be able to quickly adapt to, but importantly, it makes a big difference to driver-partners’ efficiency.”
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Uber will begin testing UberRUSH, its package delivery service, in South Africa within the next six months, the Sunday Times reported. The UberRUSH API was launched in July 2016 after the transport company tested it with a handful of companies in the US. UberRUSH has been offered since 2014, when Uber launched it as a messenger service in New York City.
General manager for Uber in sub-Saharan Africa, Alon Lits, told the Sunday Times they will complement, not compete, with courier services.
The aim of UberRUSH is to fast-track the last leg of a delivery, he said.
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