Uber has added several new features ahead of the holiday season when peak demand for rides is often witnessed. As countless people travel across the country to visit their family, Uber wants to make sure that its customers can relax in between the constant going. That’s why it has added these new features like live location sharing.
It can often be challenging for the driver and the user to find one another at busy locations like the mall and airports. Live location sharing will help you find each other.
It lets the driver see where the user is located in relation to their pickup spot. Users can turn this feature on by tapping on the grey icon at the bottom right corner of their screen.
Uber has also expanded its Beacon program. It’s a device that goes on the driver’s windshield to help riders find their cars at night and in crowded areas.
Beacon is now expanding to NYC, Chicago, and San Francisco. Riders can select from an endless number of colors for the Beacon to glow on their driver’s vehicle when they’re matched with one.
Uber has updated its request for a guest feature so that it’s easier to call an Uber for someone else. The person for whom the ride is booked will receive an SMS text message with important trip details like car type, ETA, and the driver’s contact info.
It’s even possible to send Uber credits as gifts to friends and family from within the app. It’s a great last-minute option when you forget picking up a gift for someone this season.