Back to basics. One of the leading cab aggregators, Uber India has launched a host of new (basic) features which include ‘request for a guest’, ‘call to ride’ and AI-enabled offline search facility for its users. The cab aggregator has also introduced a light web version of the app.
Speaking about the launch, Daniel Graf, VP, Products, Uber said, “Uber has a huge market base in the countries like India, Brazil and Indonesia where 3/4th of the riders use smartphones with Android version latest of 2012. Thus, as a part of our efforts to enable global access to Uber, we are focusing on two key areas; building solutions for those who don’t have access to the Uber app and enabling our existing rider app to work better in emerging markets.”
Uber India: New Launches
Call To Ride: Uber India has also announced to float a phone number for the booking facilities. The platform has generated top locations’ area codes with a physical banner at the location especially for ‘call to ride facility’. Once booked, the area code will work as a meeting point for both the users as well as drivers. Interestingly, the calling facility is based on deeptech and won’t need a person to entertain physically. The facility is currently made available in Pune, as part of the company’s pilot project.
Request For A Guest Ride: Uber India has finally launched a ‘Request for a guest ride’ service that will enable anyone to book a ride for anyone, anywhere. The guest riding the cab won’t need a smartphone or uber app in order to ride. To use this feature, the person requesting the ride for a guest can simply tap “where to” and then choose who is riding above their pick up location.
The service will be rolled out in the few weeks.
Offline Search: For riders using the app in limited network areas, Uber is enabling offline search by cashing the top points of interest in the city so that riders can enter their destinations in the app without having to wait for the connection.