Facebook Now Lets You Order an Uber Ride Through Its Messenger App

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook Messenger lets users call Uber cars.

Launching initially in Uber-friendly US cities, the feature will allow people to order a cab without having to leave the Facebook Messenger app, even if they don’t have the Uber app installed, perfect for those drunken moments when you’re incapable of multitasking.Two titans: Facebook Inc said it is testing a service that will allow users of its Messenger app to hail Uber rides directly from the app, without leaving a conversation or downloading the ride-hailing app.‘With the ability to request, track and pay for a ride in Messenger, we’re making transportation as simple as sending a message,’ Facebook product manager Seth Rosenberg said.

For example, if you’re meeting a friend for dinner and they send you the location via Facebook Messenger, you can order an Uber by simply tapping the address and hitting Request a Ride. — Reuters SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook announced an alliance with Uber that lets people summon cars from the ride sharing service using the Messenger smartphone application. The new Uber in Messenger feature can be found by clicking on the car icon or finding “Transportation” in the three-dot “more” menu below where you write your messages. Uber was described as the first partner in the launch of “transportation on Messenger,” leaving the door open to add Uber rivals as options for users of the smartphone messaging service.

We’re excited to continue working with Facebook to find more ways to bring people together and bring even more of the Uber experience to Messenger.” Facebook earlier this year began testing a Messenger app virtual assistant that the leading social network said goes beyond artificial intelligence programs already on the market. UberRUSH launch in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco in October with a mission to “get customers pretty much anything in minutes,” according to a post at the company’s website. With a valuation that has reportedly climbed to US$64bil (RM275.83bil) based on private funding rounds, Uber has become the most precious Internet industry “unicorn,” a reference to startups that remain private despite being valued at more than a billion dollars.

Uber’s ridesharing service has made it one of the world’s largest startups, operating in dozens of countries, but has faced regulatory hurdles in many areas and protests from established taxi operators.

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