Uber Offers Other Companies A Ride On Its App

By Carolyn Said
San Francisco Chronicle

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Since 2014, Uber has offered technology called an application programming interface, or API, to let other software developers tap into its ride-hailing system. A team at Uber works with thousands of companies using Uber’s API, ranging from multinational corporations to city transit planners to dorm-room startups.

San Francisco Chronicle

Amazon’s Alexa and your Pebble watch will call you an Uber. If you’ve had too much too drink, so will the Breathometer device and app. StubHub and OpenTable will prompt you to call an Uber before a concert or restaurant reservation. Facebook Messenger, Slack, the Hipchat messaging service and the United Airlines app can all summon Uber rides.

Since 2014, Uber has offered technology called an application programming interface, or API, to let other software developers tap into its ride-hailing system.

Adding a ride-request button — the first feature Uber offered — was just the beginning. This year Uber released new interfaces to let outside companies tap into its UberRush delivery service and provide entertainment, news or local guides during a ride.

The three digital building blocks let developers “move their users from point A to point B; move their stuff from A to B; or create experiences for users while they’re moving from A to B,” said Chris Saad, head of product for the Uber developer platform. His 29-person team works with thousands of companies using Uber’s API, ranging from multinational corporations to city transit planners to dorm-room startups.

“Whether they’re Facebook, Google or indie developers in their parents’ basement, we want to make sure they have an opportunity to get their hands dirty and build something meaningful,” he said. Uber hosts hackathons, visits startups and has frequent meetings with companies to support the development of Uber-related products.

An entrepreneur from Australia, Saad had founded his own startups but had never worked at a big company before joining Uber last year. The attraction, he said, was affecting transportation on a global scale.

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