Uber Strikes Again

Uber services in Houston get more sophisticated with 'schedule a ride' feature

Uber services get more sophisticated with 'schedule a ride' feature

Uber scheduled ride roll out, July 2016
Uber introduces 'scheduled rides' in Houston with business users first to be able to book their car in advance. Courtesy of Uber

In its ever-growing upset of traditional transportation services, Uber announced on Wednesday that scheduled rides are in everyone's future. Need a ride to Hobby Airport, a lift for lunch at the Galleria or an air-conditioned tote to a business meeting?

Starting today, Business Profile and Uber for Business users can click on "schedule uberX" and order a car. In the coming weeks, all riders will have the opportunity.

By tapping uberX and then taping "schedule a ride" and provide pick-up date, time, location and destination, your appointment is made. Uber will send trip reminders to clients 24 hours in advance of a scheduled pickup and 30 minutes before hand.

Further building confidence, riders will be notified when the driver is on his way — and if surge pricing applies. Riders can cancel any time before the driver is on his/her way.

And, oh what a relief it would be to have a car and driver — without the chauffeur service fees — waiting to deliver you home after one of those country club/hotel charity luncheons often fraught with valet parking nightmares.

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