With Uber cabs and transport the connectivity to your destination is now at the tap of your finger. Whether you need to go to work, the airport, or out on the town, Uber connects you with a reliable ride in minutes. One tap and a car comes directly to you. Your driver knows exactly where to go.
Now you can connect Uber to your iPad or iOS calendar to get suggested destinations.This feature on iOS devices be it iPad or iPhone offers an easier way to requests for rides.
Through a post in the Newsroom section of Uber’s official website, the company announced that it has started rolling out the Calendar Shortcuts feature for the ride-sharing service’s users.
The post mentioned that it is not ideal for users to have to dig through their messages and calendar entries to look for the address of their intended destination. To save Uber riders from the hassle, the Calendar Shortcuts feature will help in planning trips.
Those of you who have connected their Calendar app to the Uber app will be able to see the addresses of the locations of upcoming appointments or meetings that are stored in the Calendar. These destinations will appear on the lower portion of the Uber app’s ride request screen, beside the usual Work and Home locations.
How to use the calendar shortcuts feature
If you own an iOS device like an iPad and are interested in trying out the Calendar Shortcuts feature, you will first need to integrate the Calendar app into the Uber app.
To do so, first go to the Settings menu of the Uber app and then access the Calendar Events option. Alternatively, you can go to that particular option through the Calendar Shortcuts card that has been added to the Uber feed. Once there, the feature can be turned on by saying yes to the permission prompt that will pop up.
Once the Calendar Shortcuts feature is activated, appropriate shortcuts for destinations stored in the Calendar app will automatically be added on the Uber app’s main screen.
However, to maximize the feature, you will be required to make sure that specific locations are stored in their Calendar app for their appointments and meetings. You might not have to make much of an effort though, as the Calendar app is capable of pulling such information from the user’s other apps.
This is made possible through machine learning, which Uber has been leveraging to make requesting rides more convenient for its users.
If you are still new to Uber then requesting your Uber ride is easy
- Just open the app and tell where you want to go.
- The app uses your location so your driver knows where to pick you up.
- You’ll see your driver’s picture and vehicle details, and can track their arrival on the map.
- Payment can be made by credit card, cash (in selected cities only), Apple Pay, PayPal and more.
- After the ride, you can rate your driver and provide feedback to help improve the Uber experience.
- You’ll also get a receipt by email or by SMS on your smartphone
Calendar shortcuts soon to arrive on Androids
According to the Uber Newsroom post, the Calendar Shortcuts feature is coming soon to Android, without specifying a date for when it can be expected for Android device owners.
Integrating the Calendar app into the Uber app is another way that users share their data with Uber, which is why permission from users is required to activate the feature. Due to the stricter security of iOS devices compared to Android devices, Uber might still be working on how to make sure that the shared data is not compromised on Android smartphones.
Latest update also reports that Uber also introduced the new movement tool that allows users to access transportation data for several major cities. According to local officials, the tool might help decrease commute times and improve traffic flow.