Uber Turns Friends Into Driving Directions
Riders can now have their contacts designated as destinations if they're meeting at a specific location
Location points on Google Maps are a big deal as they provide reference to a city or town’s unique landmarks, but what if people, such as your friends, were those points of importance instead? A new update to the Uber application provides this option.
As a majority of us know, the application currently sports ridesharing features where specific places of interest are remembered for user convenience but this now applies to contacts. When heading to the friend’s location, app users will receive an estimated time of arrival (ETA). Of course, for this to be possible, both people are required to have the Uber application installed on their phones.
Uber has also added a Snapchat feature to the app so pals can share pictures while they’re en route for a meetup, ensuring riders are entertained while on their way to meet friends.
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Yael Maguire is an engineering director for the Facebook Connectivity Lab and a visiting scientist at Harvard. He is the co-founder of Plum Labs, an early stage mobile innovation lab, and co-founder and former CTO of ThingMagic, Inc., a leader in bringing long-range RFID readers to the global market. At Facebook, Yael is directly responsible for identifying and developing ways to provide affordable internet in underserved communities around the world. He is leading Facebook and Internet.org’s efforts to develop lasers, high altitude long endurance planes and satellites to help provide the necessary infrastructure for connectivity to these areas. He has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum 2009-2013, a MassHighTech All-Star in 2007, and one of Technology Review's "Top 35 innovators in the world under 35" in 2005.