After standing at the number one position in media’s controversies for a year and more, Uber has finally went ahead in adding new features and bringing itself into a new light in the media. Its new feature allows users to specify someone else from their phone’s contact book as the rider for the trip. It was previously possible to hail an Uber ride and specify another pickup point if that’s what is needed, but hear this: the new feature will actually allow both rider and the driver to make one-on-one contact, footing the bill on the requester still.
Well, you can always book ride for others, even if the location is different, but that was time consuming and was miles away from convenient. Thanks to this new feature, you can actually set a pickup location that isn’t your current geotagged location. This will provide a request dialog that shall ask if the ride is for you, or for “Someone Else,” which will then open up your contact book that shall allow you to choose the rider and then set the destination for the ride and look for drivers available for the ride.
The would-to-be rider will receive a text message that shall offer driver’s name, link that shall let them track their progress on a map, and a contact number to reach the driver directly. Same for the driver who will see the rider’s name and can call him provided with the phone number by the requester.
Uber product manager Kyle Miller explained, “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.”