Uber has just announced a new tool called Trip Tracker that allows you to track your family members and other loved ones’ trips.
It’s an additional feature to the Family Profile program announced in March, a program in which Uber allows customers to pay the rides for their friends and family.
Through the Family Profile suite, users can add riders to a group and then pay all the group member’s trips with the same credit card.
In other words, you can add anyone you want to the Family Profile, even though it is meant for a small group of trusted people, as the name implies. For example, someone can pay for their kid’s trips to school, help a financially struggling friend or extended family member or a parent that hasn’t yet got the grip of this new technology.
In addition, the manager of the Trip Tracker account – who also pays the bills – can receive information about the trips. This could spark some interesting relationship plots.
With this feature, whenever a Family Profile member is taking a ride you will have available automatic notifications and live progress on the map. This way you can know when that someone has left, what route they took and when they arrived.
Even though this info is already under the Uber receipt, Trip Tracker adds real-time details, and it saves you a phone call or a text.
Just as before, the bills will be automatically paid with the credit card associated with the Family Profile program.
Initially, this program launched in just a few markets like Atlanta, Dallas or Phoenix before going mainstream. Now they’re quite popular, hitting more than 60 countries worldwide.
The US, Mexico, Columbia, Brazil and Indonesia are the countries where the Family Profile is the most prevalent. L.A. is the city with the most people in the profiles.
Another detail shared by Uber is that the program is most used for significant others and older kids; and in Latin America where most homes have just one credit card, the Family Profile includes many members.
Now Uber Tracker is live for rides all over the world. The feature is available with the latest version of Uber’s app.
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