- Associated Press - Thursday, July 7, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new Uber software update will allow D.C.-area drivers to earn a few bucks while commuting to work.

The Washington Post reports (https://wapo.st/29x3Gax) the Driver Destinations feature of the ride-hailing service Uber launched Wednesday in D.C. It allows Uber drivers to input a preferred destination twice a day and only receive rider requests along that route.

Uber says the purpose of Driver Destinations is to attract regular commuters to driving, not just those who treat Uber as a full-time job. The update is also part of Uber’s effort, Pooling Together, meant to alleviate the effects of Metro’s SafeTrack initiative by easing congestion.

Uber pledged in June to make a number of software updates, including a commute option, to improve the driver experience. Other pledged changes include the ability to pause rider requests if drivers need a coffee or bathroom break.

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Information from: The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com

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