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App lets you schedule an Uber for any time you want

Michael - Cleveland

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This app lets you schedule an Uber for any time you want
http://www.businessinsider.com/taxilater-app-lets-you-schedule-uber-for-any-time-2016-5
Business Insider | Nathan McAlone | May 3, 2016,

TaxiLater is an app built with one purpose: letting you schedule an Uber for a specific time.

All you have to do is download the app and input your Uber credentials and you're ready to book an Uber for whatever time you want. The app features official Uber integration by tapping into Uber's API, which was first opened up to third-party app developers in 2014, butrecently seems to have become more of a priority for the company.

The terms of Uber's API are strict, and some apps that have tried to add this sort of functionality in the past have run afoul of the rules (including a previous incarnation of TaxiLater called TimeTravel). TaxiLater was created by Joshua Meier, a student at Harvard, who tells Business Insider that he has been in contact with Uber's team for months making sure he got it all right.

He says the top violations of Uber's terms are apps "reselling" Uber's service and "competing" with them. But he's not worried.

"I'm not trying to build a company or monetize here," he says. "I'm just a student who loves coding, saw a problem/opportunity, and thought I could build something that would help people."

First you allow TaxiLater to access your Uber account.


And your location. Then you select your drop off and pick up location.


Then you select the time: this is the time that you want the Uber to arrive at your location (after you set it, the algorithms continually adjust the optimal time for requesting the ride, according to Meier).


All that's left is selecting which type of Uber you want. That's it.



 

Michael - Cleveland

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Concerns/problems:
1. Uber ONLY.
2. Uses your your UBER username and Password to access the Uber API and your account (what could possibly go wrong with that?)
3. Uses algorithms to 'guess' when to order the Uber for you based on Uber's info (via the API) on what cars are available only - which doesn't solve the problem of 'what happens if NO cars are available at 3:30AM in the suburbs to make a 4AM pick-up for a ride to the airport?'.

In other words - this app only takes care of one side of the 'problem' - remembering to order a car. It doesn't solve the problem that business travelers have of there being no cars available near their suburban home at 3:30AM.

A better system would allow you to prearrange a ride with a specific car/driver that is near the pick-up location - and to chose from among Uber/Lyft/Livery, etc.
 
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redd38

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Seems like this will result in a lot of cancellations when the driver finds out that the passenger either forgot that they pre-ordered an Uber or isn't quite ready to go at the time they ordered for.
 
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