Uber has big plans for India, find out more details about it’s new app
Uber is looking to further massively scale up its operations in India. The taxi-app wants to change the way riders interact with the app and have big plans for India. Uber has big plans for India and the company will soon roll it out in the market. Uber, which has rolled out its new app, will add features like the calendar integration, people search and also advance booking to it in the coming months.
Prabhajeet Singh, Head – Strategy and Planning at Uber said that, this new Uber app loads 50 per cent faster as compared to the older one. Also by now it shows ‘Where to’ upfront making the UI quite simple. Uber has done away with further showing estimated pricing for different Uber services separately, which will now appear one after another at the bottom. There’s Dial-an-Uber webpage as well, something that let users book rides outside of the Uber app. The webpage has been optimised to work on slower networks. The company launched the webpage few days back after testing the same in four Indian cities.
“Many of the features are unique to India. We recognise that many of our geographies might not have effective with the 4G network coverage or good 3G networks but we would want to serve riders at such places as well. The new app has been further redesigned to load 50 per cent faster. The second feature is Dial-an-Uber that would be allowing users to book cabs via webpage,” he explained.
New feature to be added
Singh has also talked about the safety features for the Uber riders as well, especially for women. “We have a feature, which is called ‘Share your ETA’ in the app, which would allow you to share your location in real-time with your friends and family. There is also a ‘SOS’ option in the app via which a rider can reach either PCR or our 24×7 help centre in case of an emergency,” he points out.
Soon, users will also be able to integrate the calendar apps with Uber, in order to keep a track of important appointments and meetings. Once connected, Uber will show your meetings as shortcuts in reminders. “The feature will be compatible with all the major Calendar apps that are available out there,” he said.
Adding, another upcoming feature is the ability to book rides directly via your phonebook. The idea is getting to the people instead of getting to a destination.
For example, if you have to go to a friend’s place then you can directly choose his/her number from your phonebook. Next, Uber will text that person about your plans, and once approved, the app will book a ride for you based on your friend’s location.