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Now Anyone in India can Book Uber Cabs without Downloading the App

Booking a cab with the help of an app can be a tricky task, especially when you don’t have the app installed and you need a cab urgently

Uber cab. VOA

November 30, 2016: Booking a cab with the help of an app can be a tricky task, especially when you don’t have the app installed and you need a cab urgently. It is a time-consuming task. First, visit the app store, download the app, install it and then proceed to register or log in.

Understanding this problem, Uber has now allowed users to book cabs using a browser without installing the application. The feature is available in all the 29 cities where the company operates.

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The Company’s new feature, “Dial an Uber” lets people book a cab without downloading the application. To use this feature, follow these steps:

  1. Open in your phone.
  2. Sign up or log in.
  3. Enter your mobile number.
  4. If automatic location detection does not work, enter your location in the search box or point on the map.
  5. Request for a ride. After this, users are connected to call with the driver.
  6. Pay the driver in cash after the ride is completed.

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The company started testing this feature in August.

In India, where feature phones users are more than the Smartphone users, the feature will help Uber reach to millions of users. The move is aimed at emerging markets, where phones with low inbuilt storage and poor data connectivity issues need such solutions.

Head of Engineering in Uber India, Apurva Dalal, said in a press release, “Dial an Uber offers a convenient choice to customers looking to book a ride and is a testament to our focus on using our technological edge to make mobility reliable and accessible for everyone.”

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Ola, the rival app of Uber, introduced changes in its platform to appeal to millions of Indian users. People could book an Ola can via text message.

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

Raja Chari. Twitter.
  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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