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May 29, 2020

Uber launches booking for hour-long rides in Philly

Riders will be paired with an Uber Comfort driver for $50 per hour

Uber is rolling out "Hourly" in Philly, a chauffeur-like feature that allows riders to schedule rides by the hour. 

The option, which debuts on June 2, will cost $50 per hour. Riders will be matched with Uber Comfort drivers — a feature that offers newer and more spacious vehicles compared to UberX. Rates will be subject to mileage overage fees and does not include tolls and surcharges. 

Riders currently have the opportunity to schedule rides, but this new feature allows them to stick with one driver for the duration of their round trip. This also includes those who want to stop at multiple locations throughout the city. 

"We built this feature for riders that anticipate needing additional flexibility when taking care of essential tasks, and for drivers so that they could access an additional earning opportunity," the company said in a statement. "We hope this feature makes life easier for all customers during this ‘new normal’ and challenging time." 

In order to schedule an hourly ride, riders will need to enter their initial destination in the app before adding any other stops. From there, riders will need to select the "hourly" option and how many hours they expect to need the driver. If a rider needs to stop somewhere else in the middle of the trip, the app allows them to add any additional locations. 

There are some exceptions, however.  Drivers will not be able to request trips to or from the airport or outside the city service area. 

The ride share company recently implemented new safety features as many parts of the country began to ease lockdown restrictions. The new rules, which will remain in effect until the end of June, require all riders and drivers to wear masks and sanitize their hands. 

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