Uber has launched a new service called UberCommute, letting long-distance drivers pick up passengers along their commute and split the cost of their trip. Calling it “carpooling at the press of a button,” Uber says the service will start in Chengdu, China, which is the company’s biggest single market. Uber plans to bring UberCommute to cities around the world in the future.
Drivers can sign into the app and enter their destination, then Uber will match them with riders who are requesting trips in the same direction. The app will then tell the driver how much they’ll make for carrying the passenger. From the passenger’s point of view, it sounds like the experience will be more or less the same as requesting a regular Uber car.