Uber tests Beacon, Spotlight features in Toronto

Uber Spotlight and Pre written Messages

In cities where Beacon is available, Spotlight technology lights up the rider's phone with a specific colour and tells the driver what colour to look for.

Riders can then hold their phone in the air and make it easy for their driver to spot them.

On-time scheduled pickups, guaranteed: When you have an early flight to catch or an important meeting to get to, scheduling your ride in advance is a great way to make sure you leave on time. In these instances, Uber's on-time guarantee comes in handy. If your driver is using a beacon, that'll be used instead of the Spotlight feature.

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Other new additions include the ability to send messages to the driver in the app. "And as we're exiting the vehicle he said, 'Welcome to the resistance!'" Stranded at the gas station, Godbey and his companions hailed a new Uber which got them to their destination.

Now, riders can schedule a ride ahead of time, set a time period that they'd like their driver to arrive and if they don't arrive on time, Uber will issue the user a $10 credit to use toward another trip. Now, you can send your driver a direct message or provide a quick update via one of several pre-written messages that can be sent with a single tap. You could tell them what you're wearing or where exactly you're standing. Pickup messages are read aloud to drivers and they can simply tap to respond. You can download Uber from the App Store for free.

Uber is looking at adding automatic translation to the feature so that global drivers can easily communicate with their riders, no matter what language they speak.

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