Picking up an Uber at the airport can be something of an ordeal. Sure, there are designated ride-share pick-up zones and garages where you can meet your driver, but it’s a different system at every airfield, and you’re often affixed with a interminable wait time as your operator gets through airport traffic.
Starting Monday, Uber is measuring out a new airfield pick-up method at Portland International Airport, known as PDX. It takes a cue from special phenomenon pick-ups at sports stadiums or concert halls. It’s announced Uber PIN for now, and if it goes well, your next UberX ride at the airport could be practically instantaneous.
Here’s how it wields. After ground at PDX, you order an UberX as usual( it’s only available for this type of go for now) and step to an Uber-only pickup zone. You get in a line with other riders who are also trying to take an Uber away from the airport. Once at the front, you get into the firstly accessible gondola. You grab your PIN from your app and share it with the motorist, who plugs in the numbers. Voila, you’re accorded! No more “ve been waiting” your motorist to find you among the crowd on the entrances curb.
On the driver’s end, they’ve been matched with a generic airfield rider. They head to the pick-up line to pick someone up — not you in particular. Once you get into the car and give them your PIN, it’s like a ordinary Uber ride request.
As Sondra Batbold, a product overseer on Uber’s airport team, explained, airfield travels are really same to happenings. Passengers come in big quantities, making for a high volume of trip solicits in a confined place. Post-concert equestrians and plane fares are both really tired and really want to get home quickly.
With the PIN system, it’s “truly a zero-wait experience, ” she said.
PIN was developed three years ago to use at Uber events. Already it’s labor at 50 of them, including the Kentucky Derby and at NRG Stadium in Texas and Arena Corinthians in Brazil. The Bangalore International Airport in India has been using PIN matching since last year.
The Portland pilot is the first time a U.S. airport will use PIN. It will be tested for at least a month and a half, if not longer. Then, we hope, it will start at other airports. Wait for it.
UPDATE: May 13, 2019, 11:26 a.m. PDT Lyft knocked off a code-based getaway alternative at PDX Monday. Lyft, like Uber, has a Lyft-only pickup zone at international airports and equestrians get in line to match with the next available operator. A four-digit system appears on the app for equestrians soliciting a standard Lyft . em>