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New tools to help find Uber driver

New tools to help find Uber driver

Uber has added a few new features right before the holidays that should make getting a ride for you or a friend a bit easier.

Another feature is "live location sharing".

While live location sharing simplifies the process of connecting you with your driver, Beacon is one smart feature that helps you to spot the vehicle.

It lets the driver see where the user is located in relation to their pickup spot. You now have a live location sharing feature (thankfully optional) that can tell your driver exactly where you are, which could help you avoid a cancellation if your street address and physical location don't quite line up.

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One of those tools is a device called the "beacon", which can be found on an Uber vehicle's windshield. It's not rolling out in NYC, SF and Chicago after an initial limited pilot, so it'll be available to more riders and drivers during the busiest ride hailing time of the year.

Uber is also broadening its beacon program, which uses a hardware device in the driver's windshield to display a corresponding door to riders to help them find the auto more easily.

If you use Uber often enough, you've probably had those moments where you wanted to hail a ride for someone else, such as a friend heading home from the bar. It works by tapping "Where to" within the app, and then choose who's riding, and your loved one would receive an SMS text message containing vital trip information including ETA, auto type, and the driver's contact details. It's a great last-minute option when you forget picking up a gift for someone this season.


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