Uber now lets you hail a ride for friends and family

Ursula Moore dials a number to arrange an Uber ride through GoGoGrandparent a third-party service which arose because of the need for others to arrange rides for those who lack smartphones like the elderly. Now Uber is making changes in its own app that

Ursula Moore dials a number to arrange an Uber ride through GoGoGrandparent a third-party service which arose because of the need for others to arrange rides for those who lack smartphones like the elderly. Now Uber is making changes in its own app that

But it appears that the rider at least needs some kind of cellphone in order to receive the text message with the driver's information, and Uber's example image shows the text being received on an iPhone.

Uber heard our plea and finally granted us our wish, we can now "Request for a Guest", and it's available starting today. However some places aren't necessarily ideal for pickup which means that drivers might have a harder time locating their rides, or it could be congested and riders have to wait longer for their rides to arrive. All in all, the feature should be able to cater to everyone, even those who don't have smartphones.

Uber's biggest rival, Lyft, doesn't now offer consumers the ability to arrange a ride for another passenger from inside its app.

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Uber has been in the news for numerous reasons over recent weeks, most of which are certainly not positive and center on multiple controversies related to sexual harassment. Uber's product manager Kyle Miller told media that he believes this tool will be especially beneficial to folks who want to secure rides for elderly family members. No word on when other countries will be added to the list. Sadly, Uber didn't say a word about the 33 countries on the list, which makes it hard for anyone to know whether or not to expect the new update. Uber says that the new feature will also be making its way to other additional markets soon. Riders can simply pay in cash once they've arrived to their destination. Last summer, Uber actually tested out a phone dispatch system in Florida, as pointed out by The Verge.

It's worth taking note that Uber appears to be taking steps to make its services a bit more family-friendly.

Meanwhile Lyft-Uber's biggest competitor-has also been rolling out new app improvements in the last few weeks.

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