Uber is suspending the pooled option for their rides in the U.S. and Canada till further notice to curtail the spread of coronavirus. Pooling or ridesharing reduces the cost of rides by taking on several customers at a time, but increases the risk of coronavirus infection.
Regular rides, as well as Uber’s food delivery platform Uber Eats, are still available.
“Our goal is to help flatten the curve on community spread in the cities we serve,” Senior Vice President of Uber Rides and Platform Andrew Macdonald told Reuters in a statement.
Uber has so far only implemented the measure in the U.S. and Canada, and will evaluate implementing a similar measure in other countries on a case-by-case basis.
The company will also display a reminder in its app, warning users to “travel only when necessary.”