Now you can summon an Uber ride without leaving Maps

BY GreenBot Staff

Published 12 Jan 2017

all know Maps is a great tool for getting directions to just about anywhere, but with a new update rolling out to Android iOS users, you’ll also be able to use it to tell someone else where you need to go. Thanks to a tighter integration with Uber, you’re now able to book, pay, track your Uber rides without having to leave Maps.

The process is similar to the one that was launched last h. en you type in a destination, tap the taxi-hailing icon to get a list of times prices from both Uber ft. The difference is that now when you select one of the Uber options you’ll no longer be whisked away to the Uber app. Instead you’ll see a new Request button, which directs you to log into your account complete the payment process right in Maps. Once booked, a tiny car icon will appear on the map to track the progress of your ride.

has also tweaked the look of the ride-sharing sheet in the update, moving it to the bottom of the page creating separate tabs for Uber ft. At the moment, the ft option still takes you to the companion app, it’s unclear if the integration will extend to the competing ride-sharing service.

The Uber integration requires an update to the app, though the server-side feature might not be immediately available to you. iOS users can look out for the update in the App Store, but Android users who don’t want to wait can side-load the -signed A from A Mirror.

The impact on you at home: Hailing an Uber with the Maps app wasn’t difficult before, but one-stop shopping is always preferred. And if you’re leery of Uber tracking your every move in its app, you don’t have to use it anymore.