Deal allows Uber, Lyft to operate in Westchester

Marie Harrington
June 28, 2017

This feature begins rolling out in the US starting today.

The next time your parent, kid or inebriated pal needs a ride, Uber wants you to whip open your phone.

While Uber is marketing the feature as something for senior citizens and their loved ones to use, the feature can be useful in many more cases like sending a drunk friend home or having a friend order you a auto when your phone is out of battery. You can then select the rider from your address book, set their destination, and request the ride on their behalf. At this point, the user can select a rider from their address book and their contact information will be shared with the driver. As the name and screenshot above suggests, this feature will basically suggest locations around the rider that they can go in order to be picked up, which could result in them saving time.

A new service rolling out today makes it easier to hail a ride for others, the company said in a blog post. Once a driver picks up the request, the rider will get a text message with all the important details, such as how far away the driver is, their name, who is paying for the ride, and a phone number.

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"Uber is committed to providing safe, reliable transportation options for everyone in the family".

Uber is rolling out a new feature that makes it easy to request a ride for someone else.

Starting today, you'll be able to request an Uber for someone else.

Payment is processed at the end of the ride as usual, and is charged to the requestor's card on file. Uber will also pay drivers a per-minute rate for wait times of more than two minutes, something it started testing past year in Dallas, New Jersey, New York, and Phoenix.

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