Introducing the Uber API
At Uber, we work tirelessly to deliver ultra-reliable, on-demand personal transportation at the tap of a button. The seamlessness of Uber, however, belies the complexity that powers this magical experience in over 40 countries around the world. And yet there remain so many things we’d love to build on top of the digital mesh that runs across our cities. Even if we somehow conceived of every great idea, we could never do them all.
Enter the Uber API.
Today, we officially open access to many of the elements that power Uber to all developers. Apps can pass a destination address to the Uber app, display pickup times, provide fare estimates and more. We’re also enabling developer partners to earn free Uber rides through our new Affiliate Program.
Our launch partner: Time Out
Here in London, we’re launching with Time Out, the ultimate guide to this great city. The in-app integration means that, whilst the Time Out team are working tirelessly to tell you about the best food, drink and fun to be had in London, in just a couple of taps, you can request an Uber to pick you up and take you there. Now there’s no excuse not to explore your city!
To celebrate the launch of our API, for a limited time, Time Out is offering new Uber users a free first ride, up to the value of £20.
As excited as we are about this launch, we’re truly just getting started. Our team will continue working to add functionality, provide support, address feedback and deliver more value to developers.
We can’t wait to be surprised by the awesome stuff you build on top of the Uber API!
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.