Wednesday 11 February 2015

Uber integration in Google Maps goes live in India

Uber app adds safety features

Google has silently rolled-out Uber integration in its Maps app in the Indian market. The feature, which was originally unveiled in May 2014, went live in the country sometime last week and was confirmed by Uber Delhi on social media.

So, from now on, whenever you will search for public transit or walking directions on Google Maps on mobile in Uber-operated cities and have Uber app installed on your phone, Maps will show you estimated Uber ride time, fare as well as expected pick-up time. You can just tap on the Uber details to directly jump in the Uber app to confirm your booking.

Currently, Google Maps only shows details for UberX cabs, nothing on UberBlack or UberGo, but we don’t see why Google won’t include them in a future update.

Uber app gets two new safety features in India

In related news, Uber has updated its application in the Indian market with two new safety related features – Send Status and SOS.

Send Status is an improved version of the existing Share my ETA feature and allows the Uber users to share details about their driver and vehicle – including live GPS tracking, driver photo, name and vehicle license number – with family and friends. With Send Status, the riders will be able to share the details with as many as five pre-selected contacts in one tap.

SOS feature, on the other hand, helps Uber users in contacting local authorities in a case of emergency. Just tap the SOS button on the right-top of the app and confirm that you want to call the local police.

According to Uber, both features are available immediately for Android users.

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