Uber 2.0 – #TheRideAhead
It’s a new model year, and we’ve given the Uber iPhone app a thorough overhaul. Don’t worry Android users, your app is next in line for a tune-up. Here’s what’s under the hood of Uber 2.0 for iPhone:
New Paint, Chrome Rims
We’ve rebuilt the entire app from the ground up, with a focus on making it more beautiful and intuitive. There are redesigned icons, animations, receipts, and menus but the changes aren’t just superficial. The Uber app is finally as elegant and comfortable as the ride.
No Sticker Shock
Rates for all Uber car types are now easy to find and understand. Enter your pickup and dropoff location to see an instant, accurate estimate of how much your ride will cost. We’ve also added clear, simple explanations of rate exceptions like Surge Pricing.
It’s even easier for your Uber driver to find you with our new foursquare-powered location database. Get picked up at a bar, restaurant, or landmark—even if you don’t know the exact address. Uber 2.0 also automatically remembers your most frequent pickup locations, like your home or office.
Pedal to the Metal
We’ve optimized our networking stack (our engineers assure us that’s a real thing.) Now Uber 2.0 provides fast, accurate, real-time availability on all Uber vehicles.
Tuning the Transmission
We’ve also added iPhone 5 support, fixed bugs, added a full screen map view, streamlined credit card management, and improved social media integration and promotions.
New to Uber? We’ve created a shiny introduction to the app to let you know exactly what to expect on your first ride.
Check out the gallery below for images from Uber 2.0
We have developed a new pilot program – Xchange Leasing – which is a leasing option administered by an Uber subsidiary and designed to fit with the flexibility that drivers value most. The Xchange lease is one of a kind, and offers value that traditional auto leases do not provide. Unlike most multi-year leases that have high fees for early termination, drivers who participate in Xchange for at least 30 days will be able to return the car with only two weeks notice, and limited additional costs. The program allows for unlimited mileage and the option to lease a used car, with routine maintenance also included.
A new report conducted in partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) reveals that when empowered with more transportation options like Uber, people are making better choices that save lives.
New technologies are creating opportunities no one could have imagined. To understand Uber’s place in that trend, we commissioned a survey of our driver-partners and put together a comprehensive analysis.