On-demand ridesharing is one of those industries that just never would have taken off in the way it has, had it not been for the rise of smartphones. With little more than our phones, an app, and the will to get somewhere else, we can have drivers on their way to pick us up in just a matter of minutes. Already this week we’ve seen Google update Maps to make ridesharing services an integral part of its transit options, and now we’re learning about a new feature that’s coming to biggest-ridesharer-around Uber, making it easier for groups like families to manage payments.
For urban families who generally rely on public transit, or those who find themselves sharing too few vehicles between too many people, Uber’s on-demand rides have already proved their worth. But managing Uber on multiple devices, with multiple accounts in play, can sometimes prove to be more work than it should be. Enter: Uber family profiles.
First entering public testing in Atlanta, Dallas, and Phoenix, these family profiles will let up to 10 Uber users manage payment from the same linked account. It doesn’t have to be just family members who take advantage of these shared profiles, and co-workers or friends are welcome to similarly set up Uber payment through a shared family profile – so long as we’re talking about 10 or fewer users.
Right now there’s no word on when the feature might expand to users in other markets.