Facebook gets into transporation business, partners with Uber for ride-hailing service via Messenger

Facebook has partnered with an American international transportation network company, Uber to enable users to book their rides from within the Facebook’s Messenger app without leaving the conversation or downloading additional application in their smartphone.

The service is currently in testing and will be available to selected users in locations where Uber operates in the United States and will gradually expanded across the world.

In order to book a ride via Facebook’s Messenger app, all you need to do is download the latest version of Messenger app from Google Play Store, and initiate a conversation with Uber and tap the car icon.

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Alternatively, you can also tap the more menu in any Messenger conversation and select Transportation option. You can also register a new Uber account from within the Messenger and book a ride.

Users will be able to keep track of their ride using status and receipts that will be delivered through a private conversation between you and Uber on Messenger. As part of the launch offer, Uber is offering a free first ride up to $20.

In the case of phone booking, the accent is always a big problem. However, with the help of Messenger integration, users need not have to bother with the language since they can just type the location they want to reach.

According to unconfirmed sources, Facebook is also planning to establish a partnership with Lyft in January to integrate their car ride service into the Messenger.

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