Uber Announces New Tools for Tricky Pickups

Uber 'Spotlight' Tool Helps Your Driver Find You

Now, you can send your driver a direct message or provide a quick update via one of several pre-written messages that can be sent with a single tap.

Spotlight is just one of many tools Uber is adding to help riders and drivers communicate.

"These improvements join existing features that let you edit your pickup location, share your live location so your driver can see where you're located in relation to your pickup spot, and help you spot your driver using a Beacon when it's dark", Ryan Yu, Uber's Senior PM of Rider Experiences said on Monday.

'With Spotlight, you can light up your phone with a special color specific to your driver.

With Beacon, drivers place a glowing Uber logo on the windshield of their auto in the color of the rider's choosing, so that they can avoid getting into the wrong vehicle.

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The company has also added scheduled pickups. Your driver knows to look for a green light instead of a red light, streamlining the pickup process. In these instances, Uber's on-time guarantee comes in handy.

Uber says that it's still working on rolling out Beacons, which are coming to 14 new cities this week, but it's today launching a halfway house solution, reports The Verge.

The new features are available immediately to users of its mobile apps. Similarly, Uber now has pickup messages.

If you're at a sporting event or somewhere that a lot of people are getting picked up by Uber, you can customize your flag's color.

Riders can notify their driver of what they're wearing so that they can spot them more easily, or inform their driver that they'll be right there. We designed Pickup Messages to encourage safe driving: your messages are read aloud, and drivers can simply tap to respond.

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