According to The Australian Financial Review, Uber's new carpooling service, sharing a ride with other users travelling in the same direction, will launch in selected suburbs of Sydney on 3 April.
Riders will be initially offered up to 50 per cent discount in fares compared to using the current UberX door-to-door service. Over time riders are expected to get about 30 per cent discount.
Henry Greenacre, Uber's head of cities ANZ, said because UberPOOL matches riders moving in a similar direction at a similar time, discount will be much greater during commuting hours rather than people travelling in the middle of the day or late in the evening.
"We really want to see them leave their car keys at home and potentially not own that car," Mr Greenacre said.
"For a long, long time, we've had many transit lanes in many cities, but if you don't have advanced technology you can't cut pollution and you can't cut congestion."
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