Uber is letting you (officially) request rides for those who don’t have the app

Whether you’re without a phone or just don’t know how to use one to the fullest, Uber is available to you. The transportation service launched a new feature today that gives everyone access to a ride. It’s as simple as having someone who does have Uber requesting a ride and providing the other person’s contact information. Uber handles the rest.

Prior to this feature’s arrival, it would get a little confusing for everyone involved. The rider wouldn’t quite know which car to be looking for the and the driver wouldn’t know who the rider is. Uber will now just put the rider and driver in contact with each other after the account holder sets up the trip.

Sometimes it’s that person who had too much to drink and sometimes it’s that person who doesn’t know what an app is. If you’ve used Uber, there’s a good chance you’ve had to call a ride for someone else. So, for years, users were calling rides for friends and family while not actually being one of the riders. But Uber is finally allowing proper ride requests for those who don’t have Uber at the ready.

The account holder just chooses the pickup location and destination, goes through his/her contacts for the rider’s phone number, and requests the ride. Uber will then send the driver’s name, license plate, and phone number to the driver. Even a link for tracking on a device’s web browser is provided.

Uber says the feature is live in over thirty countries right now, and more will be added soon.

Source: Uber


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