A few weeks after Lyft began testing a feature that lets passengers set up rides in advance, Uber is rolling out the same feature, announcing Thursday that Seattle is the launching ground for Scheduled Rides.
In a blog post, Uber said users can schedule a ride 30 minutes to 30 days in advance with just a few extra clicks on the app.
The ride-sharing service said scheduling is a top-requested feature from business travelers and the company said priority access will be given to riders who have Business Profiles or are linked to their company’s Uber account.
Uber used quotes from both Microsoft and Zillow to illustrate how excited Seattle-area businesses are to have access to the new feature.
“Seattle has grown into one of the world’s great technology markets, and we’re excited to see Uber launch new and innovative features here first. With Scheduled Rides, Uber is continuing to help us all make the most of our time.” — Microsoft
“Zillow Group employees already love Uber for Business and we’re excited they now have the option to schedule an Uber in advance. Scheduled Rides will improve the business travel experience for our employees, especially when they want extra assurance a ride will be there when they need it.” — Zillow
Uber’s main competitor, Lyft, began allowing scheduled rides at the end of May in San Francisco. “While on-demand rides remain core to our platform, we’re thrilled to offer even more options to passengers — as well as another opportunity for drivers to earn,” Lyft said at the time.
Uber said after Seattle, the feature will roll out in other “top travel cities.” Learn more here.