The move comes after Uber’s incorporation of upfront pricing, which informs users of a ride’s price range before they enter a car, contingent upon a variety of factors. The new payment model better favors drivers, however, as the company says it’s going to start informing them of the rates its charging. Drivers in many cities have put pressure on the company to incorporate a tipping function within the app, similar to the one that it’s main competitor, Lyft, employs.
Concerning the percentage of rider fare the company pockets, Uber is still leaving drivers in the dark, reports Bloomberg. That differs, however, from a statement provided by an Uber spokesperson to Thrillist:
“We price routes differently based on our understanding of riders’ choices so we can serve more people in more places at fares they can afford. Riders will always know the cost of a trip before requesting a ride, and drivers will earn consistently for the work they perform with full transparency into what a rider pays and what Uber makes on every trip.”