Uber has announced two new services for its ride sharing service in India. The two new services – ‘Dial an Uber’ and ‘Request a Ride for Others’ – aim to make booking an Uber easier for both riders and their family members. With Request a Ride for Others, Uber aims to help riders book a cab for their friends or family members, even if they don’t have the app.
Uber’s Request a Ride for Others is currently available in a limited number of cities starting from Nagpur, Kochi, Guwahati and Jaipur.
Here is how the feature works:
1. Make sure you have the updated app installed on your phone
2. Place the pin on your friends’ pickup location and request an Uber
3. Select your friends’ contact number from your address book
4. Select the preferred payment method
Once the booking is confirmed, Uber sends ride details directly to your friends’ contact number, so they can contact them directly. The feature will come in handy especially when your friend or family member is stuck in a location with poor or no internet access.
Recently, Uber rolled out ‘Dial an Uber’ feature which made it easier to book UberGo rides without installing the app. With the new feature, the company started taking rides directly from the browser. The process
Here is how to Dial an Uber:
1. On your mobile browser, go to dial.uber.com
2. Login or sign-up by entering your phone number
3. Once logged in, Uber shows a page similar to its mobile app complete with price information, ride estimate. Uber users can request a ride with a single tap on this page
4. Once requested, Uber directly connects you with the driver on call like the app
5. The Uber on browser also comes with an option to pay with cash.
The feature will be useful to those using a low end devices or devices that don’t have an official Uber app. Uber recently announced an integration with Snapdeal to book a cab directly from latter’s app. Uber has also announced plans to do away with dependence of Google Maps fro driving directions and plans to start investing on a global mapping solution.
Uber has also announced plans to deploy its self driving cars in collaboration with Volvo. Uber will purchase Volvos and then install its own driverless control system for the specific needs of its ride-hailing service.