Uber adds new 'Spotlight' feature for easy pick-ups

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12 Dec 2018

Now, use Uber's 'Spotlight' to find your cab: Here's how

Popular ride-hailing service Uber is introducing a new set of features to expedite the pick-up process in India.

The company, according to recent reports, is adding some very useful capabilities, including options to message the driver and flash a 'spotlight'.

The tools, as Uber hopes, would make it easier for both riders and drivers to find each other, especially in crowded places.

Details follow.

Spotlight explained

What is Spotlight?

What is Spotlight?

As the name suggests, Spotlight is a visual indicator of sorts, one that would help the driver find you at night or on a busy street.

The tool would light up the screen of your phone with a specific color and notify the driver about the same color.

Then, just by holding the colored screen up, the driver should be able to locate you.

How to use Spotlight?

To use Spotlight, book a cab and tap on the colored icon at the bottom right corner of the screen. This will turn your entire screen into the selected color, ultimately speeding up the pickup process.

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Also, you can now text drivers via Uber

Along with Spotlight, Uber is also adding the ability to message drivers directly from the app.

This way, you'd be able to provide additional details about the pick-up location or your attire, helping them to locate you quickly.

Of course, you can call them anytime, but sending messages would serve the exact same purpose, without their attention off the road.

How to send pick-up messages?

To use this feature, tap on the text box reading 'Any pickup notes?' after booking a ride and add the message you want to. You can choose pre-defined messages or write a custom-one too - both will be read aloud to the driver.

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