Good point. The reporter misunderstands driver efficiency.It says what I figured out a while back... the driver does more work on a pool, and Uber (and Lyft) make more money
2 pax matched on a pool each getting a 30% discount means the rideshare company makes 140% of the normal fare... while paying the driver 100%
more work, less pay, the new American way.
A matched ride means a much healthier profit margin (for Uber). Many passengers assume drivers get a cut of each fare they have in the car. But drivers are paid the same mile-and-minute rate as always, whether they're carrying one party or more. That changes the equation completely - even with fares discounted 30% or 40%, Uber and Lyft actually recoup more on a well-matched ride while paying the driver the same amount. (Both companies emphasize that while drivers don't earn more for taking carpools, they often end up having longer rides - from picking up passenger A to dropping off passenger B - which means they have less downtime.)