by Mark Albert
This article has been updated to reflect the resignation of Uber’s founder and CEO
The popular ride-hailing service Uber added a tipping option to its app for the first time Tuesday, in a concession to drivers and in response to its top competitor, Lyft, which already allows passengers to leave a gratuity.
It was among more than half a dozen changes announced today, including some new fees, during a period of instability at the San Francisco-based company.
In an email to its drivers nationwide, Uber said tipping is available as of Tuesday in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Houston.
“We’ll be adding more cities over the next few weeks, and will make tips available to all U.S. drivers” by the end of next month, the company said.
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Tipping Within the App
Uber says its tipping, like everything else with the service, will be handled seamlessly within the app used to book the ride.
The company will not take a service fee from a driver’s tips, unlike with the actual fare from the ride.
Drivers may “cash out tips and earnings any time,” a fact sheet promises.
According to an image provided by the company (left), passengers will be able to select a prompt for a tip amount or enter a custom amount.
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