Ok, Here is the way Uber is doing it. If there are very few drivers in a quadrant (area), when a ride is requested it will seek out the nearest ride at normal pricing. Once ride is accepted it will surge to 1.5, however no riders are waiting, the surge is fake, they are simply trying to get drivers to chase to that area. If you drive into a 1.5, you won't get the fare until the surge ends at the normal rate. Stay Logged out until the surge hits 2.1, another ride is waiting. If you are in a quadrant with normal pricing, you should log off so the area can surge.
At 2.1 = 1 ride waiting
At 2.8 = 2 rides
At 3.4 = 3 to 5 rides
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