Want to book a cab last minute, and don’t have the Uber App installed? Uber now has you covered. The company will now allow you to book a cab directly from your browser, whether you have the app or not. A user will have to sign into Uber through the browser, by logging on to dial.uber.com. The website can also be accessed via a browser on the desktop/laptop.
To book an Uber using the browser, the user needs to navigate his way to dial.uber.com and click on ‘Start Riding’. After entering your mobile number, you can either sign in or sign up for Uber or connect via Facebook. After signing in, you need to give permission to the web app to receive information from Uber.
The web experience of booking an Uber is quite different from what it is like inside the app. The browser app does not show the familiar location map featuring the location of the closest cabs. The online portal however, simply shows the time it would take the nearest cab to reach you, the minimum fare, per km fare and payment time.
In our case, we were unable to reach the book a cab page, as the website kept on showing a loading icon, but that could be our patchy internet connection.
Uber recently announced the in-app integration with Snapdeal, allowing for users to book a cab directly from the Snapdeal app, even if the Uber app isn’t installed on the device. Uber has also done away with surge pricing recently for the users in US and also in some parts of India. The company will now give an ‘upfront fare’ on the app, but that includes the surge pricing in some cases.
Earlier this month, Uber also announced that it would do away with its dependence on Google Maps for route tracking, and is investing $500 million in its own global mapping project. This step will also help Uber pave the way for its driver-less cars.
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