Uber and Lyft announced this morning they’re suspending shared-ride offerings.
Shared rides (in Uber parlance: “Uber Pool”) are pretty much exactly as they sound: a rideshare car serves more like a bus, picking up other riders along(ish) a customer’s route to their final destination. It generally saves riders money but involves a little more time.
The movie is, of course, a social distancing exercise designed to slow the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19.
According to Business Insider, “[Uber] also suggested drivers ask riders to wash their hands before or after entering the car, covering their mouth and nose when coughing, and rolling down the window to improve ventilation.”
(Call me sheltered — but I’ve never seen a sink in any car. Perhaps this is an allusion to hand sanitizer?)
BI reports a Lyft spokesperson says that company is also suspending shared rides.
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