Uber experiments, new feature for lower rates – for a price

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Uber is seen on an iPad during a press conference to announce Uber resumes ride-hailing service, in Taipei, Taiwan, April 13, 2017. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo RC177BFACD80

Do you want to save money on your next Uber?

Sorry, you have to work for the ride-hailing company to be of the less expensive lift.

Uber is experimenting with a new feature that provides customers a less expensive trip, as she draws from the booking of the ride for a bit — but only employees get to use the feature, the company said Tuesday.

The less expensive rides are usually a couple of minutes later than the requested pick-up.

In a now deleted screenshot posted on Twitter, an Uber employee showed how the app on the condition that the choice of a ride for $10.18 or wait five minutes and get the same trip for $8.15 — a 20 percent savings.

An Uber spokesman confirmed the existence of the function to the Post.

“Affordability is a top reason riders choose shared rides, and we are internally experimenting with a way to save money, in exchange for a later pickup,” the spokesman said.

The feature is still being tested internally and public roll-out would depend on its viability to be proved as a concept, the spokesman said.

It is the latest novel idea to come out of the Uber in the last few days.

Last week, the San Francisco-based company applied for a patent for a system that allow drivers to know if customers order a ride are drunk or otherwise impaired even for them to record.

The system imagines a world in which you could stumble from a bar in 2 hours, and the app will be able to know if you are drunk on the basis of the angle you’re holding your phone, how you walk, how you interact with the app and where you are — in comparison with other times have used.

This story was previously published in the New York Post.

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