Uber has been an interesting travel brand since it’s launch. Taking on entrenched markets like taxi cab drivers, they’ve disrupted a massive industry. At the same time, they’ve had plenty of problems (and plenty of reasons for people to criticize them). That being said, they have been working hard to improve upon their reputation.
While Uber has a handful of products I tend to gravitate to Uber Black. When I do need a ride, I want someone who has local knowledge to get around traffic. Essentially, I’m looking for someone who does this for a living, not someone looking to make a few extra dollars. Uber has rolled out two new features which I really like:
I wouldn’t call myself an anxious traveler. But, I am a determined traveler. I’m a man on a mission until I’m sitting on an airplane with the door closed and decisions are out of my hands. One of my fears is that I’ll wake up for an early flight and there won’t be any cars available to take me to the airport. I’ve had this happen more than once. It’s not a good feeling.
Now, Uber will allow you to schedule a pickup as far ahead of time as 30 days and as close to your departure time as 30 minutes. If you’ve updated to the latest version of the Uber app, it’s really easy to schedule a ride. From the main screen you’ll see a small icon of a car with a clock behind it. Click on that and a screen will appear to help you schedule your ride.
I’m not sure I’ll ever be organized enough to order an Uber 30 days ahead of time. But, I frequently “stalk” the app in busy cities to make sure I can get a car on time. Knowing I can just ask Uber to have a car ready for me at my departure time will give me peace of mind.
Another nifty feature, Uber can now display a colored light on your phone screen that you can hold up for your driver to help them find you. I actually discover this myself in the app recently. Once you’ve ordered a ride a small button will appear on the right-hand side of the driver information that looks like a light. Click on it and you’ll have your own light-up phone!
The Final Two Pennies
It would be a stretch to call these changes ground-breaking. But, they do make Uber more useful. And, they’re easy to miss in the app. Hope you find these as useful as I do!
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