UberPOOL is exactly what it sounds like: car pooling through Uber. Two people who don't know each other but are heading in the same direction can share the same Uber ride, and it's cheaper for both, since each passenger only pays for their portion of the ride, making the trip about 30 percent cheaper per passenger, Uber said, regardless of whether a second passenger gets picked up.
UberPOOL began in San Francisco in 2014 and is offered in 20 American cities and begins operation at noon Friday in Center City, South Philly, Navy Yard, the sports complex, University City, Fairmont, Temple University, Kensington, Northern Liberties, Fishtown, East Falls and Manayunk. Once it debuts, the Uber app will include a "request uberPOOL" option. The service accepts up to two passengers per destination.