Facebook messenger just made it possible for uberPOOL ride. Whether it be a standard ride just for yourself, or an UberPOOL which is for you and other individuals, Facebook’s Messenger application might have been the last place you expected the functionality to pop up.
It works like this: Open up a messenger conversation, click on the three-dot menu button, and select ‘Request a Ride’. You’ll then have the option to request a ride just for yourself, or for you and your friend. Request the ride, and you’re good to go.
It’s not much different than simply ordering from the Uber app, but it does give you the added benefit of being able to quickly share your ride information with your friends along with location information to let them know you’re on the way.
Perhaps more importantly, you needn’t even bother to install the Uber app, which is handy if you only need rides occasionally.
Still, a much more useful implementation would be allowing you to specify your carpool partner is so you could easily pick up a friend on the way to an event or movie.
Facebook on their Messenger page has posted the following update: You can now book and share an UberPOOL ride from Messenger. In an open conversation, tap the car icon or More (three dots) and Request a Ride. You can select POOLx1 if you are requesting a ride just for yourself, or POOLx2 if you need two seats for you and a friend in your UberPOOL. This feature is available on Android and iOS devices, wherever Uber is available.
Also of note, is that the actual car icon may not show up for everyone in their open conversations, but may still be listed in the “more” menu of options under payments and location, and just above Dropbox, and it will be listed as “request a ride” so it should be impossible to miss if you know where it’s at. Messenger users who are anticipating taking advantage of this feature will be able to select one of two options when hitting the request a ride button, and either book an UberPOOL for themselves or for two people. From there, you simply type in your location and your destination as well as payment info, and you’re well on your way to getting somewhere, wherever that may be.
This feature is available on Android and iOS devices, wherever Uber is available. The uberPool feature is not available in India and some parts of the world currently.