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New App Navigation

Discussion in 'Technology' started by tirebiter, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. tirebiter

    tirebiter Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Virginia
    Driving:
    UberX
    Article in the paper says Uber is rolling out their new in-app navigation system
    designed to be much better for Uber drivers than Google Maps or Waze.
    It sounds like a beta test rollout.

    I wouldn't be surprised if the test drivers signed a confidentiality agreement.

    So, anybody here got it yet?
    Spill the beans.
     
  2. ChirstanRoth

    ChirstanRoth New Member

    Location:
    Bangladesh
    Nope don't that yet.
     
  3. Jfo

    Jfo New Member

    Location:
    Lincoln
    I have it - it works great so far!!!
    I don't like the map going dark at night but other than that its very similar to google maps navigation.
    You can turn voice off but leave volum up - and you can either always have north up or the direction that you drive is up - very easy to toggle between the two.
     
  4. Rgar

    Rgar Member

    Location:
    34787
    How do u know when u have the app?
     
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  5. swingset

    swingset Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
    Driving:
    Lyft
    Is the Android version out yet? Google play still has V3.129.1 which is what I'm running, no in-app nav, and I'm not seeing any options to update.
     
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  6. Matty760

    Matty760 Active Member

    Location:
    Palm Springs
    Driving:
    Lyft
    I think most drivers should already have the new map navigation... Ive had it in my area since just after new years. Nothing special, but it does look better and I love that it goes dark for nighttime driving, its a lot easier on the eyes. Think of it like the Waze app when its nighttime it darkens the image so that bright image isn't distracting for driving. I like it overall
     
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  7. swingset

    swingset Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Columbus, Ohio
    Driving:
    Lyft
    So are you running Android or Apple? If Android, what version is your app?
     
  8. Matty760

    Matty760 Active Member

    Location:
    Palm Springs
    Driving:
    Lyft
    I run Apple IOS 10.2.1 on iPhone 6s app version 3.147.2
     
  9. Maven

    Maven Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Connecticut
    Driving:
    UberX
    Nope. Not in Connecticut at least. You seem to imply it is similar to Google Maps and Waze. Any significant differences?
    I'm most interested in comparative speed and completeness of map database.
     
  10. Bean

    Bean Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Tampa Bay
    Driving:
    UberX
    Tampa market here with Android, still not seeing this update. Looking forward to the night display.
     
  11. dolllarchaser

    dolllarchaser Well-Known Member

    Android doesn't have 'in app' navigation. Android refers you to Google Maps or Waze.
     
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  12. Navy Vet

    Navy Vet Member

    Location:
    Pittsburgh
    I dont like it as good as Google Maps or Waze!
     
  13. Maven

    Maven Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Connecticut
    Driving:
    UberX
    Android does have 'in app' navigation, under the "old" system, but it does not compare to either Google Maps or Waze. Still, I find it useful at night to get close to a particular address without seeing the street numbers.
    I agree, but the "new" system appears to come much closer to the functionality of Google Maps and Waze. I would like a comparative evaluation from someone who has tried both.
     
  14. Matty760

    Matty760 Active Member

    Location:
    Palm Springs
    Driving:
    Lyft
    I can tell you from experience of using waze and the in app navigation that Waze is still slightly better. However the new in app comes very close. I like doing in app cuz it allows you to still see the passengers name and other info on the ride plus if another ride request comes through it's easy to see the type of ride and surge amount. Waze advantage is showing cops and traffic. However the in app does have a little bit of traffic info on the route and shows where there might be some delays but it's not perfect. Overall the 2 are so close that I'd choose in app right now over Waze so I don't have to keep switching back between apps to complete the trip etc. I have to do that now with Lyft since they don't have in app navigation so I have to use Waze for that.
     
  15. dolllarchaser

    dolllarchaser Well-Known Member

    In iOS navigation is automatically enabled. This is what I interpreted as 'in app'. Whereas in Android, you have to specify which mapping you want to use and then Uber 'passes' destination coordinates to the chosen app. While this happens seamlessly to the user, the android version is actually using a third party app for navigation (out of app). What is the "old" system?
     
  16. LAbDog65

    LAbDog65 Active Member

    Location:
    Piedmont-triad, NC
    Waze is the only nav app I can consistently hear. Google maps sound is so faint it is barely audible. Uber nav will stop and start sound for no reason. I have everything turned up high. With waze I can always hear directions, in fact I usually have to turn down the volume.
     
  17. Uberfunitis

    Uberfunitis Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Arlington
    I like it because it is much faster to start navigation once a trip comes in, giving more time to navigate the first turn especially if it is soon.
     
  18. Retired Senior

    Retired Senior Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Connecticut....
    Driving:
    UberX
    I have the new Uber maps feature... it states clearly it is a "beta" mode One problem that I am most definitely having is that since the beta version of Google maps for Uber emerged I can no longer answer incoming rider phone calls. I see that there is a call but tapping on "answer" does nothing. I have to wait until they give up and then I can call them back. I've already had one pax cancel the intended ride when I could not answer his call.
     
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  19. minivanman

    minivanman Active Member

    Location:
    queens
    no app update here nyc market. I think they will roll out soon
     
  20. Retired Senior

    Retired Senior Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Connecticut....
    Driving:
    UberX
    OK, I solved the answering phone calls thru the app when I read somewhere that I could answer calls by clicking on the home key. That does work.

    Another problem that I am having does not happen every day, but apparently there are spots in the city where WiFi signals are so strong they confuse the UBER app. This morning I was answering a ping for Charles St in Bridgeport. I was on Main St. All I needed to do was make a right onto Charles and I would have been at the pick up spot. I clicked on the ping, I accepted the drive... and then I got a message saying that the Uber App had lost the signal. I waited nearby and watched another Uber driver stop in front of the building and pick a guy up.

    I know it was not personal, but it still annoyed me.
     

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