Uber’s rider app has some cool new features, including one very important one that lets you and your driver share your current location. This feature [live location sharing] is designed to make the entire pickup process easier—and of course, in time for the holiday season.
You can now do location sharing within the rider app—and that means you can temporarily share with your driver your exact location. It solves a lot of problems within the app, and helps your driver to know where exactly he needs to meet you.
To get started, turn on the “Live Location” sharing feature via the icon located at the bottom right corner of the map display. A blue icon is an indication that it has become active, while a grey icon indicates that you are not sharing any info. It’s your call actually because you can choose to switch between both modes whenever you feel like—so, it solves the issue of privacy.
Other updates announced today by Uber include:
While live location sharing simplifies the process of connecting you with your driver, Beacon is one smart feature that helps you to spot the car. According to Uber, Beacon is a device that goes on a driver’s windshield to help both riders and drivers easily and quickly connect at night as well as in crowded locations. The company said it’s expanding this service to places like New York City, San Francisco, and Chicago. “When matched with a driver with a Beacon, riders can select from an endless number of colors for the Beacon to glow on their driver’s vehicle,” Uber said.
Uber is also making it easier to request a ride for your loved ones. It works by tapping “Where to” within the app, and then choose who’s riding, and your loved one would receive an SMS text message containing vital trip information including ETA, car type, and the driver’s contact details. The information contained in the SMS text message is to enable your loved one to easily coordinate with the driver if it becomes necessary for them to get in touch.
Also today, Uber has added the ability for riders to send Uber credits to a friend or family members. Called “In-App gifting, it’s a perfect way to gift someone something special if you don’t have the time to go to a store to find a gift for that special occasion. Simply tap the menu, then “Send a Gift,” and Select the amount, enter the recipient, and a personalized message. According to Uber, “the gift can be sent instantly, or later, and will be charged to your card on file with your Uber account.”
Uber, in conjunction with Barclays and credit card giant Visa, will from November 2nd be rolling out a new credit card. This, perhaps, signifies the company’s entry into the credit card business. It’s Uber’s way of announcing its arrival into the ecommerce world as well as maintaining a firmer grip on offline business.