Uber has become one of the most popular apps for iPhone users in major cities due to the transportation service attached to it. Now, thanks to a newly announced API the service will likely become even more popular.
Uber is a service that’s designed to make transportation easier by allowing users of the app to call for a ride whenever they’ll need it. So, instead of waiting for a taxi to come by, or even stop, you can have a car waiting for you. It has seen plenty of attention since its launch, especially from cities, but the service has seen plenty of support, so it continues to expand. In May, it was announced that Uber integration was being added to Google Maps, for instance.
Now, the company has announced a brand new API for developers that will allow them to integrate the service into their own apps. With the new API, an application that adds the Uber API will be able to pass a destination over to the Uber app, provide fare estimates, access a user’s trip history, display pickup times, and more.
You’ll even be able to request a ride from another app:
“What about requesting a ride? Yes, we’ve implemented that endpoint as well, but because calling it immediately dispatches a real driver in the real world, we’re releasing it in a more controlled fashion, starting with a small set of partners. Stay tuned for more on that, and please let us know if you’re interested in being added to the whitelist.“
Uber stresses that the Uber API is open to any developer that wants to take advantage of it within their own app, and stress that it’s perfect for any “app with a map.” The company has also launched a website devoted to the API and to give access to those who would want to learn how to use the API, with documentation outlining all the necessary steps and features.
The API is designed to be open for any developers, but that didn’t stop Uber from teaming up with companies to take advantage of it right out of the gate. They’ve announced partnerships with 11 entities at this point, with that number likely to expand over time:
“We believe that any app with a map is a potential Uber API partner. To kick things off, we’re launching with 11 fantastic companies, all of whom have already integrated with the API and are rolling out in cities around the world: Expensify, Hinge, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Momento, OpenTable, Starbucks Coffee Company, Tempo Smart Calendar, Time Out, TripAdvisor, TripCase and United Airlines.“
Uber has also announced that a new affiliate program exists as well, which will allow people to earn credits that can be exchanged for free rides with the service. Uber is a free app, and it’s available in the iOS App Store.
Have you used Uber? What do you think of the service and the new API?