If you live in Seattle, Houston, and Minneapolis, you will now be able to tip your Uber driver through the ride-hailing app, the company announced Tuesday. The rest of the country will be able to tip drivers on the app by the end of July.
The decision breaks with Uber's longstanding decision to not add a way for passengers to tip their drivers, setting the app apart from other ride-hailing companies like Lyft. The new policy, part of Uber's "180 days of meaningful changes and improvements," comes amid widespread backlash to the company over multiple questionable and concerning practices.
The company announced other new benefits for Uber drivers Tuesday as well, including starting per-minute rates after drivers wait more than two minutes for a passenger and charging more for teen account trips.
"Why now?" Uber rhetorically asked in its announcement. "Because 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."