Facebook, Uber partner to bring ride-hailing to Messenger app
New service will allow users to order Uber cabs without having to leave conversations
Facebook has partnered with ride-hailing app Uber to allow users to order Uber cabs directly from the Facebook Messenger app.
According to a statement put out by Facebook yesterday, the functionality is currently in the testing phase, with users in North America getting initial access to it. The ultimate aim would be to allow users worldwide to order Uber cabs within the Messenger app, without having to leave a current conversation, or indeed without even having to download the Uber app.
The partnership is part of a wider initiative that Facebook is rolling out called ‘Transportation on Messenger'.
"Today, we're expanding the services available to you with our launch of transportation on Messenger. With this new feature, you can request a ride from a car service without ever needing to download an extra app or leave a conversation. It's super easy and doesn't take you away from the plans that you're making with your friends or family," the company said in a blog post.
"To get started, download the latest version of Messenger. Then, from within a conversation, tap the more menu and choose Transportation. You can also search directly for Uber - our first partner - and tap the car icon to request a ride. From there, you'll receive updates on your driver's status and notify your friends that you've called a ride. With the ability to request, track and pay for a ride in Messenger, we're making transportation as simple as sending a message."
According to the blog post, initial users will get a $20 free ride simply by linking their Uber accounts with Facebook Messenger.