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New Delhi: Coming as a Christmas gift, Facebook has launched a new feature where people in the US can use Facebook Messenger to book a Uber cab and simultaneously alert their friends in a chat thread.

The new feature can be found by clicking on the car icon or finding “Transportation” in the “more” menu below where you write your messages on the social networking site, Tech Crunch reported on Thursday.

Either of those actions will open Uber’s “Request Ride” option where you can add your pick up location, destination and choose the car.

“We are just getting people used to the idea that you can message more than just people on Messenger,” Seth Rosenberg, Facebook product manager, was quoted as saying in a post.

Everyone who books a cab via Messenger “Transportation” would get a $20 Uber credit.

Earlier, WeChat, a messaging and calling app, allowed users to book cars in China.

Facebook, however, claims that their move was not inspired by WeChat.

“For us, we are more inspired by how we see our users using Messenger and we just saw the growing popularity of group chats and this is one of the best use cases of why Messenger’s so great,” Rosenberg added.

Meanwhile, Uber also plans to use Messenger as a test case for real-time customer service

“We will start testing live support through Messenger to find out if this is the best way to start using real-time support through this,” Rahul Bijor, Uber’s head of API and strategic partnerships, was quoted as saying.

The new feature would likely be available in the US by Christmas. (IANS), (image courtesy: Yahoo.com)

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Uber Announces Partnership with SUN Mobility to Deploy E-Autos in India

As part of the alliance, SUN Mobility will offer its unique energy infrastructure platform, which includes swappable smart batteries

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This partnership will be piloted across select cities in the coming months, Uber said. Pixabay

Ride-hailing giant Uber on Wednesday announced a partnership with SUN Mobility to deploy e-autos in India.

This partnership will be piloted across select cities in the coming months, Uber said.

As part of the alliance, SUN Mobility will offer its unique energy infrastructure platform, which includes swappable smart batteries and quick interchange stations to select original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for building e-autos.

Fleet owners and Uber’s driver partners will benefit because they can buy vehicles without the battery to save money on initial acquisition costs.

Uber, SUN Mobility, E-Autos
Ride-hailing giant Uber on Wednesday announced a partnership with SUN Mobility to deploy e-autos in India. Flickr

They will receive charged, swappable batteries as a service by SUN Mobility, thereby helping bring the overall cost of e-autos in line with their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterpart.

“We are delighted to partner with SUN Mobility, an industry pioneer to try to usher in a wave of electric vehicles in the mass market category,” Pradeep Parameswaran, President Uber, India and South Asia, said in a statement.

“This is an important step forward in fulfilling our vision for creating a mobility ecosystem that is sustainable, provides cleaner air and helps build smarter cities across the region,” Parameswaran said.

SUN Mobility is a 50:50 joint venture between Maini Group and SUN Group, pioneers in areas of electric mobility and clean energy.

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The company was launched in April 2017 and is led by Chetan Maini, previously founder of Reva which was renamed Mahindra Electric, and Uday Khemka, Vice Chairman of SUN Group.

“Our mission is to give users a cost-effective and convenient energy infrastructure solution to accelerate the adoption of Evs,” said Maini, Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of SUN Mobility.

“Partnering with Uber, the leading global player in personal mobility, will help create a wide EV landscape at scale, that will transform the way people commute,” Maini said. (IANS)