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Uber Adds Several New Features Including Live Location Sharing

Adnan Farooqui November 20, 2017


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.

Uber Adds Several New Features Including Live Location Sharing , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Uber Orders 24,000 Volvos For Self-Driving Fleet

Adnan Farooqui November 20, 2017


Uber has already demonstrated its self-driving car technology many times and it’s now ramping up its efforts to create its very own driverless car fleet. It has inked an agreement with Sweden’s Volvo to purchase 24,000 XC90 sport utility vehicles which will form its fleet of self-driving cars. The Volvo XC90 is already the base of Uber’s current self-driving test car. It has retrofitted the test cars with sensors and autonomous driving hardware to enable them to drive on their own.

The company is currently using 100 XC90 SUVs for testing its self-driving car technology in Pittsburgh, Arizona, and San Francisco.

Bloomberg reports that Uber is going to buy these vehicles from Volvo between 2019 and 2021. This is the first commercial purchase of this size by a ride-hailing service.

Volvo isn’t going to do anything on the self-driving front. Uber will be adding its own sensors and software to these cars so that they can drive themselves.

The new XC90s that Uber is sourcing from Volvo will be more advanced in their self-driving abilities compared to the existing test cars. They will have redundant systems for steering and braking so that they can operate even when there’s no human safety driver behind the wheel.

This goes to show that Uber is well on its way to roll out its own self-driving ride-hailing service. This would enable the company to reduce driver costs on its platforms as it eventually shifts more markets to cars that can drive themselves. It’s going to take a few years but it’s clear that this is now the intention.

Uber Orders 24,000 Volvos For Self-Driving Fleet , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Uber Introduces Upfront Pricing For Scheduled Rides

Adnan Farooqui November 14, 2017


Uber has long enabled customers to schedule rides but it didn’t lock in the fare. The app gave them an idea of what their ride might cost but if factors on the ground changed when they actually took the ride, they could end up paying more than what they had anticipated. Ahead of the holiday season when many people will be flying home and likely taking Ubers to reach their destination, the ride-hailing company has now introduced upfront pricing for scheduled rides.

When customers schedule an Uber an hour before their pickup time starting today, they will be shown the fare upfront. That amount will be what they would pay when they reach their destination, there aren’t going to be any surprises.

Customers will see a window pop up after they confirm their ride which will tell them that their ride has been scheduled. The window is also going to let them know precisely how much they would have to pay for the ride.

The app used to give an estimate of the fare previously so it wasn’t uncommon for customers to end up being charged more, particularly if surge pricing was in effect at that time.

Uber says that it has decided to make this change to ease the stress of travel for its customers. Many of its customers have had bad experiences when popular events or bad weather caused their fares to go up. It has finally addressed that pain point.

Uber Introduces Upfront Pricing For Scheduled Rides , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Uber’s $10 Billion Investment Deal Limits Founder And Ex-CEO’s Role

Adnan Farooqui November 13, 2017


Things were off to a rocky start for Uber this year as it just couldn’t shake off the scandals. That eventually developed into a leadership vacuum when Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down. How a new CEO now firmly in position, the company is trying to move past all that. It has lined up a new $10 billion investment deal which would further limit the role of the company’s founder and ex-CEO.

Uber confirmed today that a consortium comprising of Softbank and other partners will invest $1 billion in the company and buy $9 billion in shares from existing investors.

“Upon closing, it will help fuel our investments in technology and our continued expansion at home and abroad, while strengthening our corporate governance,” the company said in a statement.

He gets to retain his seat on the board and while he still has the power to appoint members to the two extra seats he controls, any changes will require majority approval of the board. These changes will also see key Uber investor Benchmark dropping its lawsuit against Kalanick.

This might help calm some Uber investors who have been concerned that Kalanick might try and claw his way back to the top job. It also brings a fresh infusion of cash to help Uber fund its future strategies.

The consortium will purchase $9 billion worth of shares from existing investors and shareholders. It will propose a price at which the stock will be bought and the shareholders will then have to decide if they want to sell and how many shares they’re willing to part with.

If SoftBank doesn’t get enough buyers it can either decide to raise the price of just walk away from the deal.

Uber’s $10 Billion Investment Deal Limits Founder And Ex-CEO’s Role , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Uber’s $10 Billion Investment Deal Limits Founder And Ex-CEO’s Role

Adnan Farooqui November 13, 2017


Things were off to a rocky start for Uber this year as it just couldn’t shake off the scandals. That eventually developed into a leadership vacuum when Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down. How a new CEO now firmly in position, the company is trying to move past all that. It has lined up a new $10 billion investment deal which would further limit the role of the company’s founder and ex-CEO.

Uber confirmed today that a consortium comprising of Softbank and other partners will invest $1 billion in the company and buy $9 billion in shares from existing investors.

“Upon closing, it will help fuel our investments in technology and our continued expansion at home and abroad, while strengthening our corporate governance,” the company said in a statement.

He gets to retain his seat on the board and while he still has the power to appoint members to the two extra seats he controls, any changes will require majority approval of the board. These changes will also see key Uber investor Benchmark dropping its lawsuit against Kalanick.

This might help calm some Uber investors who have been concerned that Kalanick might try and claw his way back to the top job. It also brings a fresh infusion of cash to help Uber fund its future strategies.

The consortium will purchase $9 billion worth of shares from existing investors and shareholders. It will propose a price at which the stock will be bought and the shareholders will then have to decide if they want to sell and how many shares they’re willing to part with.

If SoftBank doesn’t get enough buyers it can either decide to raise the price of just walk away from the deal.

Uber’s $10 Billion Investment Deal Limits Founder And Ex-CEO’s Role , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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UberEATS Now Offers Restaurant Ratings And Dish Recommendations

Tyler Lee November 9, 2017

While food delivery services aren’t new, the addition of UberEATS means that we have so many more options to choose from, and sometimes it can be overwhelming when you open the app and find yourself faced with an impossible choice, then there is also a problem of whether or not a restaurant could be good.

However Uber wants to help you with your decision making and have since announced some changes that they are making to UberEATS. One of the changes is the inclusion of restaurant ratings. This means that users will be able to view the ratings of a particular restaurant that they want to order from, similar to Uber’s own rating system for its riders and drivers.

According to Uber, “When you open the UberEATS app, you see nearby restaurants grouped by a number of characteristics (delivery time, cuisines, etc), but after rating everything from your ride to your food experience, we’ve heard time and time again that recommendations from others matter when deciding what’s for dinner. That’s why starting today, we’re showing the latest UberEATS community ratings to you.”

UberEATS will also now recommend dishes to users based on their preferences and what they might have eaten in the past. “Starting today, we’re going deep on this idea, with each restaurant displaying dish recommendations tailored to your taste, based on how you use the app.” These changes should already be live, so do keep an eye out for it the next time you’re using the app.

UberEATS Now Offers Restaurant Ratings And Dish Recommendations , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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UberEATS Now Offers Restaurant Ratings And Dish Recommendations

Tyler Lee November 9, 2017

While food delivery services aren’t new, the addition of UberEATS means that we have so many more options to choose from, and sometimes it can be overwhelming when you open the app and find yourself faced with an impossible choice, then there is also a problem of whether or not a restaurant could be good.

However Uber wants to help you with your decision making and have since announced some changes that they are making to UberEATS. One of the changes is the inclusion of restaurant ratings. This means that users will be able to view the ratings of a particular restaurant that they want to order from, similar to Uber’s own rating system for its riders and drivers.

According to Uber, “When you open the UberEATS app, you see nearby restaurants grouped by a number of characteristics (delivery time, cuisines, etc), but after rating everything from your ride to your food experience, we’ve heard time and time again that recommendations from others matter when deciding what’s for dinner. That’s why starting today, we’re showing the latest UberEATS community ratings to you.”

UberEATS will also now recommend dishes to users based on their preferences and what they might have eaten in the past. “Starting today, we’re going deep on this idea, with each restaurant displaying dish recommendations tailored to your taste, based on how you use the app.” These changes should already be live, so do keep an eye out for it the next time you’re using the app.

UberEATS Now Offers Restaurant Ratings And Dish Recommendations , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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UberEATS Now Offers Restaurant Ratings And Dish Recommendations

Tyler Lee November 9, 2017

While food delivery services aren’t new, the addition of UberEATS means that we have so many more options to choose from, and sometimes it can be overwhelming when you open the app and find yourself faced with an impossible choice, then there is also a problem of whether or not a restaurant could be good.

However Uber wants to help you with your decision making and have since announced some changes that they are making to UberEATS. One of the changes is the inclusion of restaurant ratings. This means that users will be able to view the ratings of a particular restaurant that they want to order from, similar to Uber’s own rating system for its riders and drivers.

According to Uber, “When you open the UberEATS app, you see nearby restaurants grouped by a number of characteristics (delivery time, cuisines, etc), but after rating everything from your ride to your food experience, we’ve heard time and time again that recommendations from others matter when deciding what’s for dinner. That’s why starting today, we’re showing the latest UberEATS community ratings to you.”

UberEATS will also now recommend dishes to users based on their preferences and what they might have eaten in the past. “Starting today, we’re going deep on this idea, with each restaurant displaying dish recommendations tailored to your taste, based on how you use the app.” These changes should already be live, so do keep an eye out for it the next time you’re using the app.

UberEATS Now Offers Restaurant Ratings And Dish Recommendations , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Uber IPO Being Planned For 2019, Says CEO

Adnan Farooqui November 9, 2017


There have long been reports that Uber is thinking about going public. The company has had a rough year which ended up in a change in leadership and as Uber looks to revamp its image and change how it does business, it’s now talking about the possibility of going public rather openly. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi revealed at the New York Times’ Dealbook conference today that an Uber IPO can possibly take place in 2019.

Dara Khosrowshahi took the CEO job from Uber founder Travis Kalanick who stepped down from the top job earlier this year. Khosrowshahi has previously said that his plans for Uber include an early IPO.

He has now talked about this possibility in more detail. Khosrowshahi had previously said that the Uber IPO could happen in the next 18 to 36 months. He now says that it’s a possibility in 2019.

He added that as long as Uber remains private, it “has all the disadvantage of being a public company, with the spotlight on us, with none of the advantages.”

His stance on this is completely opposite to that of Kalanick who pushed to keep Uber private for as long as possible and didn’t see any urgency in tapping the public markets for cash.

The specifics about the IPO will obviously come much later when there’s a concrete roadmap, but this goes to show that the new CEO is going to do things his own way.

Uber IPO Being Planned For 2019, Says CEO , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Uber & Lyft To Test Designated Pickup Spots In San Francisco

Tyler Lee November 9, 2017

Unlike taxis in which there might be areas along the road or in malls where it has been designated as a taxi pickup zone, Uber and Lyft drivers do not have that privilege. However given Uber and Lyft’s business model and concept, we guess it doesn’t make sense for them to have designated pickup spots.

However over in San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee has announced that the city has managed to strike up a deal with Uber and Lyft in which they will be testing out providing dedicated pickup spots for both services. However this won’t be “free” as Uber and Lyft are expected to provide traffic data from their apps.

What this means for Uber and Lyft drivers is that there will parking spaces along the sides of the road in San Francisco that will be marked and used as designated pickup and dropoff spots. Geofencing technology will be used in both Uber and Lyft’s apps for drivers to figure out which parking spots they can use and cannot use.

In a statement provided by Lyft spokesperson Chelsea Wilson, “Lyft looks forward to partnering with the Mayor’s Office. The details of the program are still being finalized, but we believe there is a way to share anonymized data that helps The City understand the current transportation environment while still protecting user privacy.” As for Uber, the company has stated they are “excited” to collaborate with the Mayor’s office.

Uber & Lyft To Test Designated Pickup Spots In San Francisco , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.