Remember when, Uber revamped its logo, early this year and everybody almost lost it? Well, if you’ve not yet noticed, the company is at it again! And this time much bigger changes. Uber has rolled out a first real re-design since 2012 and it will change much of the user experience in this process.
The re-design which actually seems much like a total rebuild, is reportedly in response to the massive growth the company has seen over the last few years. From the overall first look of it, these enhancements are going to make requesting and riding in an Uber much easier, offering a more personalized experience. The best features, I think are:
The location shortcuts
Now, when you open Uber, you’ll be graciously asked, “Where to?” You can then enter your destination like usual or, with the update, simply choose from your personalized “shortcut” icons at the bottom of the screen. You can save addresses like home, work, college or your regularly visited coffee shop, markets etc. These usually appear based on your travel history.
Turn friends into places
Yes, you can turn people into actual destinations and avoid the need for chain texting or or phone calling them when you’re on your way to meet them up. All you require to do is sync your contacts with the app and type your friends’ names in the search bar; provided their locations are shared with you, your Uber will be directed there.
Cost and Time Transparency
Unlike before, Uber now displays an estimated ride cost with every type (like uberGO or uberX) of ride, once you’ve set the destination. Moreover, you can also see a precise estimation of the arrival time of your cab and also the time it will take to reach your destination while on your way.
Unlike stated above, not only will the app predict shortcuts based on frequent destinations, but soon, it’ll connect your calendar to display saved appointment locations. This feature hasn’t been rolled out yet, but the company says it will be out soon.
Also reported, the company will, in the long run, introduce some useful interactive tools that will come handy once you hit the road in an Uber. Some things like check public transport schedules, reviews and suggestions on what to do next or where to go, and pre-order food for your destination with Uber EATS will be some of those tools.
As exhilarating as all this sound, we wish there come out real soon. These features have started rolling out to iOS users and to an extent to Android users too; it will take a couple of weeks to reach to the audience globally. While the new additions will likely make the Uber experience top-notch for all, it seems Uber needs to turn its attention to deeper issues of safety and fairness for its drivers and passengers equally. I hope this is what’s coming next in the app.