8 Things to Know About the New Uber App

File illustration picture showing the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign in Frankfurt, September 15, 2014. A Frankfurt court earlier this month instituted a temporary injunction against Uber from offering car-sharing services across Germany. San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to summon taxi-like services on their smartphones, offers two main services, Uber, its classic low-cost, limousine pick-up service, and Uberpop, a newer ride-sharing service, which connects private drivers to passengers - an established practice in Germany that nonetheless operates in a legal grey area of rules governing commercial transportation. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT CRIME LAW TRANSPORT)

The taxi market in Kenya has become highly competitive. When Uber first came into the market there was no contention. As time has gone by taxi app’s such as Little Cabs and Taxify have been great competiton. But even with this developments Uber does not lag behind,apart from reducing their prices they have now improved the app experience to make your life easier. Here are the things you need to know.

  1. The new Uber app learns from your routines and suggests new “shortcuts” that your driver will use. This means you can get moving faster and save your money as you get to your destination faster.

  2. Are you tired of asking your friends where they are every few minutes? You can now skip the texting back and forth by syncing your contacts with the app by simply typing a friend’s name into the search bar and once they share their location you can easily arrive to where they are.

  3. Uber will be your assistant from now on. You will be able to connect your calendar with Uber so your meetings and appointments will automatically appear as shortcuts. This means you won’t have to go to another app to find the address.

  4. You will be able to know the cost before you request. with the new Uber experience it will be easier to compare your cost options for your destination upfront even before you request it. That means no math and no surprises.

  5. For the snapchat lovers, Uber now has filters for their clients. While en route you will be able to unlock exclusive snap filters that come with the app.

  6. If you happen to explore a new neighborhood you can use Foursquare to find tips on what to do and where to go next. If you happen to get bored while on your trip then you will be able to stream your favorite music on Pandora.

  7. Instead of ordering food from another app you can now order food while on the Uber app. UberEATS will give you options of restaurants that you can order from and so that you and your food can arrive at the same time.

  8. If rating your drivers with a few stars in not enough then maybe commenting will be better. At the end of every ride you will still be able to rate your driver with the stars and use the compliment feature to let them know if you loved their car and your experience in general.