Uber’s Latest Features Include Boat Chartering, Group Grocery Orders, and Rides for Teens

Uber's latest update includes new features perfect for travelers.
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Nowadays it’s hard to imagine a world without rideshare apps. They do everything from provide rides, pick up food, and deliver groceries. And, soon, you could be chartering boats and linking family rides too. At their GO-GET annual product showcase, Uber announced an impressive crop of new features. Here are a few of the most helpful features to look out for in the app:

Travel features

  • Boats: Uber will hit the water this summer, starting in Greece. Vacationers can use the app to book boats for up to 8 people to cruise around those magical Greek waters.
  • Uber Central: This feature will help businesses and concierges arrange rides for their guests. When a coordinator requests a ride, the traveler will receive their trip itinerary and information without having to figure out all the logistics that can bog down a trip. The rider doesn’t even have to have the Uber app. 
  • Group Rides: Coordinating rides with friends is going to be a whole lot easier with the updated group trip features. In select cities, riders will be able to invite others and add addresses to a group ride. From there, the app will determine the most efficient route and then split up the cost based on each rider’s time on the trip. (Yes, that means no more mental math and Venmo-requesting involved.)

Family and more

Uber also released some non-travel-related features including being able to request Ubers with premier car seats for the little ones and a toll-free phone number for riders who don’t have a smartphone or the Uber app. They also released family profiles and teen accounts with extra safety measures in places so parents can have some peace of mind. 

It doesn’t stop there. Read about the rest of the newly rolled-out features here.

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