In response to feedback from customers in Asia, Uber is announcing the all new Ride Request Widget, a simple, beautiful way to bring the entire Uber experience — from ride configuration and request all the way to drop-off — right inside your app.
In December, Uber introduced the Ride Request Button. The button provides a quick way to deep link into the Uber app, bringing the promise of “Tap a button, get a ride” to users everywhere, in any app.
However when Uber engaged developers in India, China and Australia to ascertain their learnings and what tools they needed to be successful, the Chinese developers said they’d like to deeply integrate the Uber rider experience into their own apps without investing heavily in a custom Uber API implementation.
“We also heard from developer partners in China and India that the widget needs to work well in areas with limited GPS coverage and bandwidth. We’ve optimized our approach for those situations, so instead of waiting for a map to load, riders get a simple, visual indicator of their ride request and trip status. This means that no matter where your users are located, they’ll get the same reliable Uber service.”
Just like the Ride Request Button, developers can add the Ride Request Widget to their app in a few minutes. When users load the widget, they’ll see a full featured Uber experience, including a product selector (E.g. uberX, UberBLACK etc), estimated time to pick-up, and estimated time to destination. All local payment options are also supported. Requests made from this Widget are trackable via the API and vice versa — making this beautiful experience part of a suite of possible implementation options to deeply embed Uber into any app.
The Ride Request Widget will be available to all developers globally through the Uber Developers site in mid-April.
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