How to call an Uber for friends and family: Ride-hailing service introduces new feature

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Not satisfied with just getting you from point A to point B, Uber now wants to give you the ability to request a ride for a loved one.

The ride-hailing company announced a new feature Tuesday that allows users to request a pickup away from their current location. Through the app, Uber will now ask if the ride is for the a family member or friend, and users can select a person from their address book and set a destination.

The person getting the ride will receive a text message from the driver with details such as the driver’s name, vehicle make, license plate and phone number. They can also see who is paying for the trip and the route of the driver.

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Uber’s feature is directed at users concerned about the mobility of senior loved ones and provides a way to manage transportation more easily for those folks. The company says 10 percent of the global population consists of people aged 65 and older and the hope is to make the app more useful for everyone in the family.

This feature is available starting today in over 30 countries, including the U.S., with more coming soon.

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