Published: Tue, July 17, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Uber 'Spotlight' Tool Helps Your Driver Find You

Uber 'Spotlight' Tool Helps Your Driver Find You

If you're in a crowded area or it's just dark, you can set the app to take over the screen with a color specific to your driver.

Spotlight is just one of many tools Uber is adding to help riders and drivers communicate. Drivers will naturally be notified of whatever color you choose. "Stay tuned for more features and updates later this year". All one has to do is hold their phone up in the air for the driver to see. If your driver is using a beacon, that'll be used instead of the Spotlight feature.

It should also help reduce stress when a rider orders an Uber outside a crowded event, such as a concert or sports game, where many other people may be ordering a auto at the same time. Your driver knows to look for a green light instead of a red light, streamlining the pickup process. "All they have is the pin and the address". We're trying to give them more context'. Your driver will receive a message telling them what colour to look for.

Additionally, Uber has launched Guaranteed Scheduled Rides, which allows riders to schedule a ride in advance with a guarantee that the driver arrives on time or Uber will give the rider a $10 credit towards their next ride.

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Uber says that it's still working on rolling out Beacons, which are coming to 14 new cities this week, but it's today launching a halfway house solution, reports The Verge.

Drivers can install it themselves rapidly, and remove it quickly too. As part of our continued effort to make the pickup experience simple and stress free, we've built new features we hope will help both riders and drivers.

The new tools will arrive for Android and iOS users in Canada and the USA beginning today.

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