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Photo: AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File
Photo: AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File

Uber now allows users to request a ride for someone else

Need to help your friend or family member catch a ride? Uber can help you out, because you can now use the service to request a car for someone else. 

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The company announced the news this week, revealing that you can book a trip for anyone in your contact list even if they don’t have the app. 

“We’re committed to providing safe, reliable transportation options for everyone in the family – including seniors,” Uber said in a press release. “So no matter where your loved ones need to be – and where you are located – a safe, reliable ride is just a few taps away.”

So how does it work?

When you’re ready for an Uber, you will have the option to select yourself or another person as a passenger. Once the request has been processed, the rider will receive a text message with all of the details of the trip, a link to track it and the direct contact information for the driver.

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You will also be able to follow along, and pay for the trip with the card stored in the app. For areas that accept cash, the passenger can pay for the ride at the end of the trip.

The feature, which is currently available in the US and 30 other countries, became available on Tuesday.

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