Uber tests Beacon, Spotlight features in Toronto

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"These improvements join existing features that let you edit your pickup location, share your live location so your driver can see where you're located in relation to your pickup spot, and help you spot your driver using a Beacon when it's dark", Ryan Yu, Uber's Senior PM of Rider Experiences said on Monday.

'With Spotlight, you can light up your phone with a special color specific to your driver. "All they have is the pin and the address". They're also given the option of displaying the same color on their phone's screen, a feature the company calls Spotlight. Just hold that up, and the driver will be able to identify you more quickly. "And as we're exiting the vehicle he said, 'Welcome to the resistance!'" Stranded at the gas station, Godbey and his companions hailed a new Uber which got them to their destination.

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It's one of several other ways that Uber is trying to reduce stress for riders as they wait for their driver to arrive.

On-time scheduled pickups, guaranteed: When you have an early flight to catch or an important meeting to get to, scheduling your ride in advance is a great way to make sure you leave on time. If you set a ride up in the future, Uber now guarantees your ride will arrive at the specified time.

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Pickup Messages: Sometimes you want to give your driver a little extra detail ahead of the pickup. You could tell them what you're wearing or where exactly you're standing.

Why it matters: Uber is constantly looking for ways to improve its service. All the messages sent by the rider will be read aloud by the Uber app to the driver.

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If you're at a sporting event or somewhere that a lot of people are getting picked up by Uber, you can customize your flag's color.

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