Latest in Science

Image credit: Carl Court/Getty Images

Uber brings scheduled rides to eight more UK cities

It's also deployed road-mapping cars in London.
400 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Carl Court/Getty Images

Uber's useful ride-scheduling feature is hitting the road and launching in a handful of extra UK cities today. Following a successful launch in London, you can request a driver in Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Glasgow up to 30 days in advance. Or rather, you can starting at 4pm. It's a handy option for those extra important trips -- whether you're headed to the airport or an important business meeting, booking ahead of time can give you peace of mind.

Many of Uber's competitors, including Hailo, Gett and Kabbee, already offer the same functionality. Regardless, it's a notable update for Uber, which has long been known as an instant-only ride-hailing service. The feature also represents another attack on the traditional taxi and minicab industry, which have long held up advance bookings as a differentiator.

An Uber car dedicated to street mapping. Credit: Uber

Today, Uber is also announcing an expansion of its mapping initiative. To improve its knowledge of London roads, the company will be driving its own vehicles with a variety of sensors strapped to the roof. Similar cars were launched in the US last October, equipped with 3D spherical cameras to capture their surroundings. Uber says it will use the resulting data to "improve the Uber experience for riders and drivers," namely through more accurate maps and traffic information. If all goes to plan, the same cars will be deployed in other UK cities "over the coming weeks and months."

We suspect the data will come in handy should Uber ever choose to bring its self-driving chauffeurs across the Atlantic Ocean.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
400 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

Engadget’s guide to Home Entertainment

View
Disney is tweeting everything that's coming to Disney+

Disney is tweeting everything that's coming to Disney+

View
Lyft will help you contact ADT if you feel unsafe during a ride

Lyft will help you contact ADT if you feel unsafe during a ride

View
Google Pay will soon work with major public transit cards

Google Pay will soon work with major public transit cards

View
Uniti's quirky three-seater EV costs less than $19,000

Uniti's quirky three-seater EV costs less than $19,000

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr