Uber has quietly started to end surge pricing as we know it

By this point, frequent Uber users are probably familiar with Pool, the company’s pseudo-carpooling service. UberPool works by finding riders who are heading along similar routes and grouping their trips together. A driver might pick up you, and then another passenger, and maybe even a third, before dropping you off at your destination. For this inconvenience and added human interaction, Uber promises Pool riders fixed fares, often at steep discounts to what it charges for private cars. But there’s an even more important detail about Pool that’s often overlooked: It doesn’t show riders surge pricing. Ever. That’s not to say the prices don’t change, or, to use Uber’s terminology, aren’t dynamic. The other day, for instance, I tried requesting an UberPool from the Quartz office in Manhattan’s Flatiron neighborhood to…


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