Uber officially rolls out 'request a ride for a loved one'

2017-06-28 11:42 - Unathi Nkanjeni
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Cape Town - Global transportation network company, Uber has officially rolled out the functionality that allows you to "request a ride for a loved one" in in over 30 countries, with more to come soon.

"Whether the ride is for a family member or friend, you can select the rider from your address book, set their destination, and request the ride on their behalf," says Uber.

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According to Uber, this is most useful for seniors, especially those who have limited ways of getting around.

"We’re committed to providing safe, reliable transportation options for everyone in the family – including seniors," says Uber. "So no matter where your loved ones need to be – and where you are located – a safe, reliable ride is just a few taps away."

Requesting a ride on your app is easy and uncomplicated.  - Check out these few quick steps.

How "requesting a ride for loved ones" works:

Select the rider from your address book, set their destination, and request the ride on their behalf.
Once the driver is on the way, the rider will receive a text message with the driver’s details and a link to track the driver’s route. 
The rider will able to contact the driver directly. The driver will see the rider’s name, and be able to contact the rider directly, too.

Here are some of the  recent Uber updates you might not know about

While committed to providing safe and reliable transportations, Uber recently introduced two new product inclusions for its ride-sharing service, which it says places safety as one of its highest priorities.

The two products are centred on additional insurance and claims both for Uber users as well as third-parties.

SEE: The two products are centred on additional insurance and claims both for Uber users as well as third-parties.

Uber has also teamed up with Travelstart to give passengers booking flights with Travelstart a 50% off their next two Uber rides either to or from the airport. 

SEE: Travelstart partners with Uber for half-price airport transfers

Added to this, the global transportation network company introduced Uber gift cards in stores across SA. Available in R100 and R200 amounts for ride fees or UberEATS, and if the fee is less than the value on the card, the remaining amount can be used on the next ride or EATS purchase.

SEE: Uber gift cards: A new offering across SA

And while behaviour is everything to the company, Uber also made a couple of changes to its rating system.

The new rating changes include greater surveillance in uberPOOL evaluations and a quick way for riders to consistently see their own 5-star rating.