Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Lyft Introduces Pickup Suggestions To Help Save You Time

Lyft is trying to speed up rides by suggesting better pick-up locations Lyft Takes a Pointer from Uber, Adds Pickup Suggestions
Andrew Cummings | 28 June, 2017, 03:31

As soon as Uber assigns a driver, the rider receives a text message with all the necessary details-estimated time of arrival, vehicle model, plate number, driver's name, his contact details, and a link where you can track your driver's location. The requester is also able to track the ride through the Uber app like usual. They'll even be able to contact the driver directly. Uber's new family feature is officially available in 30 countries around the world, with more expected to be added soon.

When you set your pickup location in the app away from your current location, Uber will automatically ask whether the ride is for someone else. The other concessions include reducing the cancellation grace period from five minutes to two, so drivers already en route to pick up a rider will collect more in fees if the rider decides to cancel.

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Uber's had a tough time in the news lately, only last week seeing the resignation of its CEO, Travis Kalanick. Other occasions we book for people are when relatives or officemates request for it, like airport pickups or whatnot. Sadly, Uber didn't say a word about the 33 countries on the list, which makes it hard for anyone to know whether or not to expect the new update. Riders can simply pay in cash once they've arrived to their destination.

The change is a result of behaviors Uber was seeing in the app, as well as rider requests, Uber product manager Kyle Miller told Business Insider. Last summer, Uber actually tested out a phone dispatch system in Florida, as pointed out by The Verge. Although the feature is called Family Profiles, it can also be used by a group of friends or coworkers.

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