Uber is one of those companies that keeps doing weird — though admittedly usually useful — stuff. They’ve been working on growing their self-driving program (which might eventually fly to pick you up), and they recently announced Beacon, a gadget that ensures you won’t get in the wrong car (awk!). Their latest announcement is, true to form, weird.
Uber to Person is the newest feature, which allows you to type in a person’s name (just make sure the app is updated and you’ve allowed it to access your contacts) instead of an address. Your friend will then receive a notification asking them to share their location for 30 minutes, after which time it expires. The best part is they don’t even need to have the Uber app for this to work; it can be done through their browser. No more back-and-forths like “where are you?” “At Starbucks.” “Which Starbucks?”… you get the idea.
Uber to Person also includes an integration with Snapchat. If both you and your friend have Snapchat (seriously though, who doesn’t?), you’ll see new filters pop up in the app while you’re on your Uber ride. These filters let you send colorful ETAs to your pal so they know when you’ll arrive. Pretty useful, although a text might be quicker.
The only downside to all this — besides sharing your location — is that once you plug in your friend’s name and they accept the request for their location, they can’t move from that spot. Otherwise, you’ll just be dropped off at an empty location. Oops.
Uber to Person is rolling out to everyone starting today.
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(h/t Mashable, photos via Getty)