Uber adds live location sharing to the rider app

Uber adds live location sharing to the rider app

Uber introduced a handful of improvements to the rider app just before the holiday season. The company announced adding new and improved features in its blog this Monday.

To help riders and drivers easier find each other and simplify pick-ups, passengers will now be able to activate live location sharing. When a rider taps on the grey button in the bottom right corner of the passenger app, the driver will be able to see where they are located in the real time. Passengers can disable location sharing any time, and it defaults back to the inactive mode as soon as the trip starts.

Another feature that simplifies pick-ups is beacons that Uber announced almost a year ago. After the pilot, the program now expands to three large cities – New York, San Francisco and Chicago – right before the holidays. The beacons are small devices that are installed in the car and sync their color with the passenger’s app, allowing riders to quickly locate exactly the car they hailed.

The company made it easier to call an Uber for someone else. Instead of choosing the location for that person, the process now works just like hailing a car for yourself, starting with setting a destination. Uber also updated its in-app gifts, making the process of sending Uber credits to your friends easier.

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