I'm not sure how Uber does it, but I think I'm in the data base as going to a certain spot, a LONG way away, without a chance for getting a trip to come back to the hot spots.
This happen on 5 trips just last night! Here am, in the heart of the city, waiting for a ping. I get one, and it takes me me about 6 miles out of the city. No worries, I'll take it. I drive back to the "hot spot" again, and PING.....another ride to the same apartment complex, 6 miles away. Now, the apartment complex is in BFE, and even if I stage there, I would have missed all the hot spot activity. So, this driving back and 4th 5 times last night, really ate up a long of time, not to mention every time I went out there, I would get another PING about 15 minutes away, in the complete opposite direction from the city. I wasn't going to take the chance to drive all that way, just for a 3 mile ride to the Piggly Wiggly.
Now granted, I did drive earlier this week and took a pax to this same apartment complex about 4pm on Wed. It's the 1st time I've ever been out to that place (ever before I started rideshare). Now, all the sudden, it seems that all my trips went out that way.
Then, at 2am, as I was driving back from this place and was going home, so I drove through the hot spot in town. A lot of people coming out of a local bar (a lot of college kids who live 1-2 miles away) and a $1.75 surge going on, I figured I can get about 3 or 4 real quick trips in the next half out, rack up $25, and head on home. I get my first ping. Guy gets in, 15 miles the total opposite directions of where I'd be heading to go home! WTF! I'd take that guy home, then have to head back with no chance for another ping.
I just don't know what I did to make Uber pick me for this trips!