Ridesharing in Pittsburgh

You can now tip your Uber driver via the app in Pittsburgh

No, you can’t tip the robot cars.

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Uber riders in Pittsburgh can now tip their drivers through the app, the ride-sharing company announced Monday. Tips will also be an option for drivers delivering UberEATS orders.

But no, in-app tipping won’t be available for your self-driving car rides, Uber confirmed.

To tip (human) Uber drivers, users must have the latest versions of the Uber and UberEATS apps. A prompt to tip will appear when users are rating a trip and include preset or custom amounts. The company won’t collect service fees on tips. Users will have up to 30 days after a trip to add a tip for rides. For Uber EATS, it’s seven days.

As part of the Pittsburgh roll out, Uber will match tips given to drivers from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. The company will also match tips added within 24 hours of trips in that timeframe.

In Pittsburgh, Uber is the last ride-sharing company to add integrated tipping in one way or another. zTrip has built-in tipping, except for airport trips, for which the company recommends an 18 percent tip, per its website. Lyft and Pittsburgh-created CabbyGo welcome tipping.

The change is part of what Uber bills as “180 Days of Change,” saying “it’s the right thing to do, it’s long overdue, and there’s no time like the present. This is just the beginning. We know there’s a long road ahead, but we won’t stop until we get there.”

The initiative for a half year of monthly changes was announced June 20, the same day that founder Travis Kalanick resigned as CEO, following a slew of company controversies.

By the end of this month, Uber drivers in every United States and Canadian city will be able to accept tips, the company said.

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