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Uber Pet launches so you know Fido can ride with you

[2019.10.09, Wed 13:05] With Uber Pet, the ride-hailing giant is now looking to smooth the communications process between riders and drivers regarding pet transport. Uber Pet has actually been made available previously in a number of Latin American countries, including Brazil and Mexico, as well as a handful of Asian markets. Now Uber is preparing to bring the service to its biggest market - the U.S. Starting on October 16, riders in Austin, Denver, Nashville, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Tampa Bay will see a new Uber Pet option inside the ride-hailing app. Drivers are opted into accepting Uber Pet rides by default, but they can opt out from within the preferences menu of their driver app. It's worth noting that Uber Pet doesn't impact the company's existing pet policy - Uber drivers are still required to accept all service dog rides, without any surcharges applied. Compared to other expansions Uber has made of late, such as the Uber Works on-demand recruitment platform introduced last week, Uber Pet may seem like an incremental update. It's safe to assume dogs will be the pets most likely to travel in Uber vehicles, and given that 36% of households in the U.S. own a dog, Uber Pet could remove a fair bit of travel friction for a lot of people.
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