Uber now lets you request a ride for someone else

Uber is adding a new feature that lets you specify someone else in your phone’s contact book as the rider for the trip. It was always possible to hail a ride and specify another pickup point if you wanted to, but the new feature really streamlines the process, allows both rider and driver to contact one another directly and still makes sure the requester is the one who foots the bill.

The new feature is simple in terms of how it’s used, adding a step when you set a pickup location that isn’t your phone’s current geotagged spot. This will call up a request dialog that asks whether the ride is for your, or for “Someone Else,” which will then open up your address book, let you pick a contact and then set the destination for the ride and send the request.

It uses your…

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