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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 Redesignes its Uber Fleet App in India

Fleet owners can download the app from Google Play Store and login using the same credentials they use on the Fleet Partner web dashboard

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

Global ride-sharing major Uber on Wednesday launched a redesigned Uber Fleet app for its fleet owners in India.

The new app was built in partnership with the Fleet owners and comes with a simple design that offers a complete end-to-end experience with greater usability, enhanced technology and new features.

“Fleet owners enable more drivers to get behind the wheel and earn a livelihood using the Uber App. Today’s launch of our redesigned Uber Fleet app is the combination of research with owners and local knowledge to help fleets manage and grow their business,” Daniel Danker, Head of Driver Product, Uber, said in a statement.

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Uber Fleet also allows individuals to operate their own business similarly to a taxi or livery company through the company’s software.

Since rolling out the app in the pilot phase, the company has been closely monitoring how people use the app and how this translates to the Fleet owners’ business performance.

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Fleet owners can download the app from Google Play Store and login using the same credentials they use on the Fleet Partner web dashboard. (IANS)