Uber makes it easier to request a ride for someone else

Gladys Abbott
June 27, 2017

The requester is also able to track the ride through the Uber app like usual.

Uber's new feature is available to users in more than 30 countries, including the U.S.

Uber has finally added a feature that allows you to order a ride for someone else, the company announced on Tuesday.

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While the person who requests the ride must still be billed, entering a pickup address other than the Global Positioning System location of the requester will automatically prompt the user about booking the ride for someone else. "You can then select the rider from your address book, set their destination, and request the ride on their behalf".

It uses your contact book info to connect the driver and the rider; the rider gets a text message to their phone that offers their driver's name, a link that lets them track their progress on a map, and a contact number so they can reach them directly. It may be easier for the rider to walk to the nearest street corner, as an example, rather than have the Lyft driver navigate an extra block away, then circle back to deal with the one-way streets common in cities. They'll even be able to contact the driver directly. Riders will not need to have an Uber account. "On the product team, we're focused on making Uber accessible to everyone in the family, and on making people's lives easier around the world", Miller told TechCrunch. Seniors are a particular target audience, according to Uber. Uber says that the new feature will also be making its way to other additional markets soon. Last summer, Uber actually tested out a phone dispatch system in Florida, as pointed out by The Verge.

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