When you hop into the back of an Uber car, the hope is that you pick a driver who cares about hygiene. Nobody wants to sit in the back of a stinky, sticky car. It will only ruin the ride for you. If you worry about that, then you could probably take a look at things like UberX.
It’s a more comfortable way to drive – but if you desire more comfort still, Uber Comfort is here to stay. This interesting new platform is going to help change the experience for a lot of regular Uber users.
What is Uber Comfort?
If you have heard of UberX, then you will have a good idea what this is already. In many ways, it is the same jump-up from UberX, as UberX is to normal Uber. Your car will be a bit cleaner, it will have more legroom, and it should be more modern.
Uber comfort is being tested out all over the place, including major cities like Atlanta, Phoenix, Atlanta, Chicago and Austin. It is being rolled out in new places all the time, though, so make sure you keep an eye on it; it’s expected to hit the big cities first, so keep that in mind.
It is, though, a good idea for a lot of drivers to offer. While the beta rollout was a bit of a mixed bag (drivers never knew they were being used for this purpose), it appears to have gained in traction a fair chunk since then.
One of the many listed benefits of Uber Comfort is greater legroom for the individual. Most of the time, the car will be something like a crossover SUV. The cost is often a happy mix between UberX and UberXL, which is the highest tier of the three ‘comfort’ add-on tiers that Uber now offer.
Why should drivers take on Uber Comfort?
Drivers are naturally being a bit put off by the idea of Uber Comfort. For one, a lot of drivers who are used to doing UberXL trips are now getting less money for what essentially feels like the same work. A lot of drivers were being forced into taking these mid-tier trips, which kind of annoyed them. Those who drive smaller cars who can easily handle UberX, but not XL, could make a bit more without having to do anything else to their cars.
Another challenge is that, for now, there is no fully defined list of model needs or requirements. So, for now, you are likely not going to have the details that you need to sign-up and use Uber Comfort properly. We recommend checking in with your Uber Hub, if you can, or contacting the team.
They should be able to tell you how to opt out of Uber Comfort, if you so choose. They will also help you to look at your car and determine how suitable it is for this particular role. This is still being rolled out, so keep that in mind. For drivers and clients alike, though, Uber Comfort is the happy medium between UberX and UberXL. It might not be perfect, but it looks like it is here to stay.
What do you say Drivers? Is this the beginning of the end of UberXL?