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UberPool now covers most of central London

Engadget Engadget 31/05/2016 Nick Summers
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Uber's ride-sharing service, UberPool, is now available in a larger patch of London. Whereas before it was limited to a small part of the capital, it now spans all of zone one and zone two, as well as Heathrow Airport. All told, the reach of UberPool has more than doubled across the city.

The service itself remains mostly the same, however. You simply open the app, choose the UberPool option and set your destination. Once you've specified the number of seats you need -- two is the maximum, otherwise you're not really sharing -- Uber will figure out the best driver based on their location and who else they'll be able to pick up along the way.

UberPool is 25 percent cheaper than UberX, Uber's next most affordable option. Until June 10th, you can also travel for £5 by entering the code "POOLFIVER" between 5pm and midnight on weekdays. For Uber, this promotion is important to attract new people in its expanded catchment area. After all, the service is dependent on a steady stream of drivers and passengers. If you're the only person requesting a ride, you could be waiting a while before someone picks you up. Which, regardless of price, could be a deal-breaker if you're trying to get somewhere in a hurry.

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