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Uber May Roll Out A Feature To Let You 'Favorite' Drivers

The saddest part about riding with a great Uber driver is knowing you’re unlikely to be paired with them again. It seems that Uber may be exploring a solution for that problem. On Wednesday, app researcher Jane Manchun Wong shared the potential new feature. In a tweet , Wong uploaded a screenshot of an Uber screen. Beneath the usual option to give drivers a compliment, there’s now an “Add as favorite” button. Uber is testing (?) an option to add drivers as your favorite so you can ride with them in the future — Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) May 29, 2019 The potential feature seems to have received mixed reactions on Twitter. Some users expressed concerns about the privacy issues the feature could raise for riders and drivers alike. It’s unclear if Uber actually plans to roll out this feature. Sometimes, things get tested in apps and don’t move beyond that. However, Uber has been making a lot of changes lately. Earlier this month, Uber introduced a “Quiet...

May 30, 2019

Uber Introduces 'Quiet Mode' So You Can Ride In Silence

The days of awkward conversations during Uber rides are now over, at least for some users. Uber has heard our cries and is now offering a “quiet mode” to keep chats to a minimum during rides. The update comes with a list of new rider preferences for Uber Black and Uber Black SUV. “Uber Black and Uber Black SUV riders told us they wanted high-quality service and premium comfort,” Uber Senior Product Manager Aydin Ghajar said in a blog post. “That’s why we’ve improved features and requirements to meet or exceed their expectations on every ride.” The new preference feature is perfect for riders who need to take phone calls, answer emails, nap, or enjoy silence. Those who don’t mind conversing can also make it known in their preferences. The new “quiet mode” and other preferences will only be available to Uber Black and Uber Black SUV users. The move is expected to encourage riders to use Uber’s more expensive offerings. Riders can also set preferences for the car temperature, notify...

May 15, 2019

This South African Startup Just Partnered With Uber Mexico And Reached $1.2 Million in Funding

Flex Club wants to be the middleman between Uber drivers and investors. The South Africa-based company just reached $1.2 million in funding and plans to expand its teams and products, according to TechCrunch. Flex Club also has a new partnership with Uber Mexico that lets investors buy cars rented out to Uber drivers. Drivers can “link their gig accounts” to Flex Club, which uses drivers’ Uber stats to determine payment option. “Our goal is to make this completely passive… where investors can invest in different kinds of assets on our platform, login to a dash, and see this is how my five cars in South Africa are doing, my vans in Mexico, my motorbikes in Indonesia — with a diversified portfolio around the world,” Flex Club Co-founder and CEO Tinashe Ruzane said to TechCrunch. Flex Club drivers can pay as little as $160 a week for their cars, while investors use the platform to track how their cars across the world are doing. There’s also no obligation for drivers to buy the...

Mar 19, 2019