Uber has completely overhauled its app — an update that was desperately needed for an application that had become overcrowded and chaotic since its launch in 2012.
Early access to the new rider app, which is rolling out to all iOS and Android users over the next several weeks, can be accessed here: uber.com/whereto.
“To recapture the clean and simple aesthetic of the original Uber experience—without sacrificing the choice our riders now expect—we rebuilt a faster, smarter rider app completely from the ground up,” Uber wrote in a blog post.
“We designed the new Uber app around you—and our core beliefs that time is a luxury and that the information you need should always be at your fingertips. Gone are the days when everyone’s app looks the same. The new Uber experience is reimagined around a simple question—’Where to?’ After all, you use Uber to get somewhere—or to someone. And by starting with your destination, we can tailor the journey to you.”
The updated app keeps track of your routines so it can offer up potential ‘shortcuts,’ enabling you to be on your way with one tap of the finger.
The app offers up options on what kind of ride you want: a solo ride with uberX, a more stylish ride in UberBLACK or an economical ride with uberPOOL. Comparing the cost of the various options is also easier.
Upcoming features include the ability to connect your calendar with Uber so all meetings and appointments will automatically appear as shortcuts — no more searching for the right address.
Another new feature on the way is ‘people are the new places.‘ This enables you to set your destination to a person instead of a place by syncing your contacts with the app. Simply key your friend’s name into the search bar and once they’ve shared their location, you can get started.
“Once you’re on your way, the focus is on helping you make the most of your ride,” Uber said. “You can still split your fare and share your trip status with friends. Soon, we’ll offer more experiences tailored around where you’re going.”
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.