Uber, the renowned taxi aggregators in the world has launched today its new rider app with significant changes useful for the riders. The Uber app was redesigned last in 2012. Starting today, the new app is rolling out globally on iOS and Android over the next several weeks.
Following changes have been made in the new Uber app:
Destination first: The new app has “Where to” feature to tailor the journey better.
Shortcuts: The new Uber app learns from riders’ routines. So frequent riders will see “shortcuts” that predict where one could be headed. This means riders can get moving with just one tap.
Calendar Integration: Soon, riders will also be able to connect their calendar with Uber. Once connected, the riders meetings and appointments will automatically appear as “shortcuts,” saving them the hassle of digging through another app to find the right address.
People Search: A new feature known as people will also be introduced to enables riders to set their destination to a person instead of a place. Riders just need to sync their contacts with the app, type their name into the search bar and once they’ve shared their location, the rider can get moving.
Choose your car & compare upfront fare: After entering the destination in ‘where to’, rider can decide how to get there. If the rider is on the way to a party or with business associates, a more spacious uberX or UberBLACK ride is preferred, while an uberGO serves as the most affordable everyday ride. And for a run-of-the-mill trip to the market or the lowest cost option, an uberPOOL works well. It’s now much easier to compare the cost of all these options with upfront fares, so the rider can make an informed choice. Once the rider is on trip, they can still split the fare, keep track of estimated time to destination and share trip status with friends.
On trip integrations: Soon, this app will offer more experiences tailored around rider destinations that will include on trip integrations with other utility based mobile applications, social media platforms, and news aggregators, amongst others.