Uber announced several new features for its racing app and Uber Eats on Thursday (26) during an event in So Francisco, United States. For users in Brazil, the main changes are the arrival of Uber Transit, a feature that will showcase the best real-time transport options, including public transport, and a new version of the app that integrates racing services with Uber Eats.
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In addition, the company has unveiled new safety features for the application, so drivers and users feel more comfortable during a race. The company also gave more information about the arrival of its loyalty programs to users and drivers. Next, get to know all Uber releases to Brazil and other regions.
Uber changes and has news in Brazil: know everything
The main news for Brazilians Uber Transit. The service offers real-time public transport information (buses, trains and subways) in the Uber app. Thus, the user can see what are the best options for his route at that time, considering time and price. If you decide that calling a Uber is the best solution, you can do it quickly in the app. For now, in Brazil, the resource will be available only in the city of So Paulo and will be released gradually in the coming weeks.
Uber Transit: app wins function that shows public transportation in Brazil Photo: Aline Batista / TechTudo
Uber's purpose is to make life easier for the user, since the company earns nothing if the passenger decides that public transport is the best option. Regarding payment, if you choose public transportation, the user will have to pay as usual. The only city where the Denver app payment option is available in the United States. For now, there is no forecast to bring this payment method to Brazil and the launch of the function in other cities of the country is still being studied.
Uber's new app with Uber Eats Photo: Divulgao / Uber
In addition, the company has revealed that it intends to bundle all its services into one application. Thus, the user does not need to have an exclusive app for Uber Eats on his mobile phone. The new version of the program will be available in the coming weeks in several countries, including Brazil. It is noteworthy that the Eats application will continue to function normally for now.
Another news that comes to the cities of So Paulo and Rio de Janeiro is a feature that guides passengers to check the presence of cyclists when getting in or out of the car. When the arrival point is near a bike lane, the user will be notified so that they can make a safe landing.
New Security Features
During the event, Uber also revealed other news that should take a little longer to reach Brazil, such as the new security functions. In addition to being able to share their route in real time, users in the United States can now talk to the police through the app via text messaging if they have a problem while running. Thus, the service has access to your location, car data and other route information.
Also new is that the driver app now checks the driver's photo from time to time to ensure that third parties do not misuse the app. Only after verification, the driver goes online and can accept races from Uber. The "Help" section is now available while traveling. Earlier, you had to wait until you reached your destination to report problems with the race.
Racing verification PINs are also a new security feature that ensures the user is getting into the right car. Before starting the race, the passenger must inform the driver of his PIN number. There is also the possibility to transmit the PIN wirelessly when the pilot is approaching the start of the trip.
Uber Transit will show public transportation in Brazil Photo: Divulgao / Uber
Loyalty & Subscription Programs
During the event, Uber promised to expand Uber Reward, its loyalty program, to other countries, including Brazil, by the end of the year. With it, users accumulate points as they use the service and can redeem for discounts on Uber races or Eats orders. In addition to passengers, Brazilian drivers have also gained a benefit program: Uber Pro promises to offer more advantage and savings to partners. The project was being tested in Curitiba, Fortaleza and So Paulo and now reaches all drivers.
For US users, Uber also unveiled Uber Pass, a subscription service that offers several advantages. With it, the user pays a value per month and has access to benefits such as Jump bikes or free shipping and discounts at Uber Eats restaurants.
Already for Uber Eats, one of the news that comes to everyone a tool that reduces the use of disposables. Now the user needs to specify that they want cutlery during the order. The company's goal with this is to reduce the amount of junk generated by in-app purchases. In addition, in the US, the app has even gained an allergy filter so that the user can indicate foods that have restricted consumption. The function also has no forecast of arrival in Brazil.
* The journalist traveled to San Francisco at the invitation of Uber
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