Uber will let drivers choose the rides they want to take

Uber app on smartphone.

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Uber announced a series of new features on Friday aimed at improving the driver experience on the sharing app as drivers continue to grapple with high gas prices and inflation rates.

Drivers in the US will be able to see exactly how much they are earning and where they are going before agreeing to a ride. They will also be able to view more than one trip request at a time using the new Trip Radar feature. Uber said the changes will also help reduce commuter wait times.

The company also announced an Uber Pro debit card and checking account that offers drivers up to 7% cashback on gas at select stations. Drivers’ earnings will be credited directly to the account.

Updates and debit card will be released in the coming months.

This is Uber’s latest move to support drivers. The company added fare surcharge and deliveries in March to offset rising fuel prices. The new options could help the company retain existing drivers and attract new ones.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in May that the company’s driver base peaked post-pandemic and that driver growth is expected to continue without “significant additional investment in incentives.”

“Our need to increase the number of drivers on the platform is nothing new or a surprise… we have a lot of work ahead of us, but this is a machine that works,” he said at the time.

Uber will report second-quarter earnings in August. 2.