Uber Launches Taxi-Hailing Button for Third-Party Apps

Uber Launches Taxi-Hailing Button for Third-Party Apps

Online taxi-hailing service Uber said it would allow third-party app developers to add a 'Ride Request' button within their apps for free.

Developers would need to register their apps on Uber's website to get access to the code to add the button, which users can tap to request a ride.

To entice developers to use the feature, Uber said it would pay $5 (roughly Rs. 333) for every new US-based customer that uses the button from the developer's app.

Earlier this year, Uber had partnered with Zomato, an India-based restaurant finder, to add a "Ride there with Uber" button on the restaurant page.

Last year, Google Maps also integrated Uber within its app to allow users to book a ride.

Uber, making the announcement in a blog post, said:

"Today we're excited to announce the first version of a new kind of button - the official Uber Ride Request Button. This button is one that you, as a developer, can quickly grab and add to your own iOS or Android apps with just a few lines of code. By adding the button next to every address or 'intent to ride' in your App, your users will be able to tap to instantly get a ride to the hotel, restaurant, movie theatre or any other destination you specify. This will help you offer a differentiated feature for your users, provide a magical experience for riders and even earn additional revenue your business... Of course, this is just the beginning for our button. It will get smarter, richer and more useful over time."

Edited by Gadgets 360 staff from original story by Reuters


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