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Uber rolls out cheaper Uberpool option

Uber has rolled out a cheaper version of its Uberpool option.

The ride-hailing service introduced their Express Pool service which looks more like a public bus service and notifies the user of the pickup location so they can walk to the stop, USA Today reported.

Instead of dropping passengers off at their door, Express Pool spots near the destination chosen by the driver, meaning they will be required to walk some more.

Despite having walk, passengers will find that Express Pool is up to 30 per cent cheaper than UberPool and 75 per cent cheaper than a regular ride with the company.

Uber spokeswoman Kaitlin Durkosh said: "We are thinking about ways to help riders understand where their location is and whether there's any time trade-off in terms of getting picked up there."

The director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California-Davis, Daniel Sperling, said: "From a public policy perspective, these types of ride-pooling services represent an enormous opportunity to provide more high quality, inexpensive transportation to more people who don't have access to cars or public transit than ever before."

Although Express Pool is a cheaper option, the Independent Drivers Guild isn't so sure of the benefits.

Spokeswoman Moira Muntz said: "Express Pool could be even worse since riders will have to go out of their way to be picked up.

"We believe at the very least drivers should have the right to opt-out of receiving Pool dispatches, they shouldn't be forced."

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