The test-launch began this week in a number of cities across the U.S.
Have you ever sat in the back of an Uber and thought to yourself, “I miss my dog.” We’d be lying if we said that exact thought hasn’t crossed our mind on more than one rideshare expedition.
As of right now you can technically bring your pet along for a ride, but you’d have to first notify your driver, then request permissions, and risk the chance of getting hit with a ton of cancelations. And as anyone that’s ever ordered an uber says: ain’t nobody got time for that!
It seems as though Uber understands the trouble that pet owners face when it comes to transportation and has launched a new service called UberPet. The test-launch began on October 16 in a handful of cities across the country including Austin, Denver, Nashville, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Tampa Bay.
Expect to pay an extra $2 to $5 dollars to bring your dog, cat, bird, fish, and/or snake along; the company says that they won’t discriminate, however, the official policy allows “household pets” which seems to land in a rather gray area.
UberPet has popped up in Asia and Latin American markets like Brazil, Singapore, and Mexico over the years, but this will be the first time the aforementioned cities will get to experience the fur-friendly option. As for the day that L.A. will get to join in on all the pet-loving fun, the rideshare service says that they plan on rolling out a nationwide launch sometime soon. Fingers crossed!
Also published on Medium.