China, Your Uber API is Arriving Now!
Empowering developers to build moving experiences using the Uber API is a key part of our mission of transportation as reliable as running water, everywhere and for everyone. For the past six months, we’ve been delighted to work with our partner Baidu to give riders across China access to Uber through an integration of Baidu Maps and Uber’s API. Beginning today, we’re making that same functionality available to developers across China so that they too can connect their users to safe, reliable, and affordable rides from within their apps.
TAKE YOUR USERS FOR A SPIN
To ensure that developers have a great experience, we’ve made specific changes to our API services so that they work smoothly in China, added China-specific documentation to our developer site and built a dedicated Chinese speaking Developer Relations team.
To celebrate our launch, we’re also hosting our first hackathon in China! If you’re interested in joining, please sign-up here so we can provide additional info.
We’re thrilled to have Baidu, Qyer and Raven Tech join us today as our launch partners and can’t wait to see what developers in China will build. These companies represent how a wide range of brands, from large companies to small startups, can benefit from integrating Uber into their apps by seamlessly offering their users a ride when they need one.
A FEW OF OUR FRIENDS
Baidu, which is primarily known for search, is a world-class technology company that offers a variety of services in China. It is the first company in China to successfully integrate the Uber API, which is available in Baidu Maps and the Mobile Baidu search app. Using the Request endpoint, Baidu users can now easily select their destination and request a ride straight from their Baidu app.
Qyer is a Chinese website that was created to assist travel enthusiasts by providing travel tips and a platform where users can exchange travel experiences. Using the Uber API, users will be able to request a ride to a nearby hotel, restaurant, or landmark in 61 countries and 339 cities around the world.
Raven tech is a tech startup and an alumni of the Microsoft Venture Accelerator and Y Combinator program. They are focused on artificial intelligence and Flow, the team’s core project, is a human-human operating system that lets you chat with your friends in an immersive chatting interface. Using the Uber API, a user will be able ask “EVA”, a virtual assistant created by the team, to request them a ride.
We’re excited to expand the Uber for Business platform beyond business travel, to include a world-class customer transportation solution, Uber Central. With Uber Central, organizations of all shapes and sizes can now easily provide on-demand, door-to-door transportation for their customers, clients, and guests.
A little over a year ago, we set out to put a new spin on an old classic–make reliable food delivery available at the tap of a button. Back then, we started by offering food in the UberEATS app from 1,000 pioneering restaurant partners in four cities. And today, more than 40,000 restaurants globally–from poke shops to pasta spots–are sharing food with customers through UberEATS. With a growing restaurant community comes more choices and more complexity. So we’re cooking up features to continue to make UberEATS easy and reliable. Here is a taste–
This flu season, we’re delivering free flu-fighting care packages across the country. When you receive a pack, you’ll have the option to request a free flu shot from a registered nurse–for up to 5 people.