As both a pioneer of the sharing economy and an original startup unicorn, Uber has earned an unrivalled notoriety in the tech industry and beyond. Uber’s continued influence on the transportation industry and our daily lives is undeniable—operating in 600+ cities, the company completed an astounding four billion rides in 2017 alone, and continues to test the boundaries of mobility with the likes of autonomous vehicles and urban air transport.
But as evidenced by Uber’s recent leadership and regulatory challenges, fulfilling rider demand for always-on, immediate access creates physical, financial and emotional strain on the millions of driver-partners who deliver that service. Recognizing this, Uber has embarked on a mission to invest in the driver-partner experience.
The first step in this journey was to reimagine and redesign the Uber Greenlight Program—a network of 500+ physical locations that serve driver-partners during onboarding and support moments—to create a more purposeful, positive and human experience that celebrates their contribution to the platform.
The Key Insight
The Greenlight Hubs needed an overarching engagement strategy and experience design. As the sole physical manifestation of the Uber brand, these spaces possessed untapped potential to activate a full-spectrum Uber experience—digital, environmental and human—throughout the driver journey, rather than being reserved for discrete troubleshooting moments.
We worked with Uber and design agency Local Projects to develop a strategy focused on elevating driver-partners’ individual identity and purpose, and an Experience Playbook to guide the transformation of Greenlight Hubs nationwide.
Uber opened their first re-designed Greenlight Hub in 2018, in Washington D.C., with another in Seattle following closely. The Washington location serves thousands of driver-partners weekly, a significant increase from their previous Forestville location, acting as a meetup point for drivers and offering them an opportunity to connect with the driver-partner community, take online classes, attend community events, leave feedback for corporate or just grab a cup of coffee. Additionally, Uber fast-tracked the development of mobile Driver Lounge trucks in Seattle and San Francisco, allowing the Greenlight Hub experience to travel to the Drivers, meeting them where and when they need it most and extending the range of service.