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Uber is making it easier for you to request a ride for someone else. While it has always been extremely easy to request a ride for yourself, requesting a ride for someone else has required extra effort. Now, Uber is making it just as easy to request a ride for someone other than yourself.
Not everyone is capable of requesting an Uber for themselves. Hell, there are probably millions of people out there who still don’t know what Uber is , let alone know how to order one. This is rather limiting Uber’s reach, which is why it has added a new feature to the latest version of its app.
How to Request an Uber for Someone Else
This feature will kick in if and when you request a ride from Uber but set the pickup as somewhere other than your current location. The app will detect that there’s a mismatch, and automatically ask whether the ride is for a friend or family member. If it is, you can proceed.
Assuming you haven’t made a mistake by selecting the wrong pickup point you can then select the rider from your address book, select their destination, and complete the request. At which point the rider will receive a text message from the driver, and be able to contact them directly.
Uber product manager Kyle Miller told TechCrunch:
“We’re focused on making Uber accessible to everyone in the family, and on making people’s lives easier around the world. What we’ve learned through research is that at a macro level, people want an easy way to request a ride for a loved one.”
“This was in particular a big request for riders internationally, whose loved ones maybe don’t have smartphones or good connectivity, with also a specific emphasis on seniors.”
Not Everyone Is Aware of Ridesharing
This is a really simple but clever idea. It’s easy to forget that not everyone is aware of the concept of ridesharing and the gig economy. Or that not everyone owns a smartphone with the Uber app installed on it. This feature is for all of those people and more (possibly drunk friends) besides.
Do you use Uber as a means of getting from A to B? Have you ever wanted to request a ride for someone else? What do you think of the way Uber has implemented this feature? Can you see yourself requesting an Uber for a friend? Please let us know in the comments below!