The new Uber app finally did something neat

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I used Uber today and saw something very interesting. Now since they updated again, I hope this keeps being done. As my car was aproaching I noticed it told me how many miles away it was. even down to the hundred of feet left. I hope Lyft does something similar. It helps when you can't see the map that you can still know where the car is.

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Submitted by Carlos Taylor on Tuesday, July 20, 2021

I haven't used Uber very much since the beginning of the pandemic, but I needed to use it last week while I was out of town. I found the distance report to be extremely helpful. I wasn't sure how it would react once the vehicle got within a mile. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the closer the vehicle got, the distance report switched from miles to feet. My phone vibrated once the vehicle arrived and stopped in front of me. The ability to know how long until a vehicle arrives has always been my favorite feature of Uber and Lyft, but this new ability for VoiceOver to read the distance helps me know with greater certainty that the vehicle is coming to my exact location.

Submitted by Siobhan on Tuesday, July 20, 2021

I could've missed it of course but I agree 100% If Lyft does this, they can be on the same playing field. Now if only there was a way to request drivers whom spoke the same language as you. before i start a war, if I have trouble communicating with you, especially when I need an exact spot, that's a problem. I have respect for any human who is looking for and gets a job. but a lot of languages I do not speak and i have problems. I've been left in the middle of the street and five buildings beyond my own. I'd chance it but aligators are around. I'm not interested in being one's dinner. :)

Submitted by Oliver Kennett on Thursday, July 22, 2021

In our use case clear communication is essential. I have the same issue with Deliveroo, which is a food delivery service here in the UK. For most people language is not important but for us it is. It does get into muddy waters on the employment side of things. The ideal would be that they can tick a box or not that they are proficient English speakers, or what ever language is so needed, and we, as blind users, are paired with such people. This does feel that it might descriminotry by the employer though. Worth writing to any such services though. At least we still have people to talk to, just wait for the time of mute drones.