Uber tests letting you call a cab without the app
Uber is rolling out an experimental characteristic that gives the radical choice to call for a automobile the old style approach, utilizing a 1-800 quantity and interacting with a human. So far the firm is testing the possibility solely in a single state, however I very a lot hope this characteristic will make to the remainder of the world, as a result of there are in all probability a lot of people that want this.
How it really works is that potential passengers call the quantity, inform the human operator on the different finish the place they’d prefer to go, and supply cost particulars if there are none already on file. They’ll then get texts with particulars about the driver’s title, ETA, and license plate quantity — and the incontrovertible fact that these will are available texts presumably means you’ll should have a mobile phone at the very least. Uber doesn’t cost a price for utilizing the quantity, and passengers can request any of the common experience choices, similar to Uber Black or Uber Assist.[Read: This Amazon parody courting website is hilarious… and in addition form of creepy]
So yeah, it sounds as if Uber is getting again to its UberCab roots a little bit right here. Yeah, if you didn’t know, the firm began as a cab firm with a really unsettling mascot you can discover on YouTube. Without having tried it myself, it sounds an terrible lot like calling a cab, if anybody nonetheless remembers doing that. According to TechCrunch, the possibility was “designed with older adults in thoughts,” although I may also see it being helpful for, say, the visually impaired.
It seems like a unusual possibility, however the reality is I’ve shut relations who’re such technophobes that the Uber app is an excessive amount of for them. I can’t inform you what number of instances I’ve fielded calls from them to assist use simply accessible capabilities in the app. The thought of them with the ability to primarily call an Uber like they’d a cab would take a entire lot of strain off of them to determine the app.
Currently the take a look at is just working in Arizona, although Uber will in all probability increase it ought to it show helpful.