You can now book an Uber for someone else


Uber has released a new feature that basically allows you to book a ride for someone else. A lot of people, especially the elderly, don’t have a smartphone or just aren’t savvy enough to use it for things like booking an Uber.

To make sure your loved ones are able to get to wherever they want to go, you can simply open up the app and book a ride by setting the pickup away from your current location, at which point Uber will ask you whether the ride is for you or someone else. You can then select the rider from your address book, set the final destination, and request the ride on their behalf.

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The rider will receive a text message with the driver’s details once the car is on its way, along with a link to track its route. He or she will also be able to contact the driver directly, as well as the other way around.

This feature has already been released and is currently available in more than 30 countries around the world with more coming soon. To try it out, update the Uber app on your device and you’re good to go.

Previous updates

Updated rating system

April 27: Uber has updated its app’s rating system to try and make it fairer and encourage better rider behavior. Rider ratings are now more visible, as they are placed directly under their names in the app menu. The new placement will act as an ongoing reminder to users to be respectful on their journeys.

The update also brings changes to POOL trips so that driver ratings aren’t negatively affected by forces outside of their control. When you rate a POOL trip less than 5 stars, you can select additional reasons why. And when the reason is something like the route or co-rider behavior, the rating won’t be applied to the driver’s average.

Cross-street pickup

April 14: Uber has added a new “cross street” feature for pickups and drop-offs designed to help protect your privacy. Simply enter a cross street in the app or if the app doesn’t recognize it, just enter a nearby address and then drag the pin to the nearest intersection.

The company also launched a new partnership with Getaround, finding a way for budding Uber drivers that don’t own a car to still join the fleet.

Uber comes to Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches

February 5: Uber finally added the ability to install Uber as a standalone app on any smartwatch running Android Wear 2.0. First teased all the way back in 2015, this feature means that you won’t depend on your phone to hail a ride, pick a destination from your favorite list, or check for the arrival of your car.

Let Uber take you straight to your friend

December 22: Uber added the option to tell your Uber driver to take you straight to a location shared by a friend. Just sync the Uber app with your contacts, ask a friend to share their location, and enjoy the drive. On the way there, enjoy some special Uber Snapchat filters.

Source: techspot

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