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You Can No Longer Book Uber Rides Within Google Maps

19 June, 2018, 17:31 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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In January of 2017, Google made getting an Uber ride easier than ever by integrating Uber directly into Google Maps. Both Google and Uber have not provided any reason for this change. That said, the fact that users were able to use the Uber service without downloading the actual Uber app might not have sat right with the ride sharing company. Google has confirmed this in a support page where they write, "You can no longer book Uber rides directly in Google Maps". With a billion dollars on the line, Google may have pulled out the feature to remove the edge it offered Lyft's competitor. This cool integration is now gone! With the service, you have an estimate in advance showing approximately how much your ride will cost, and you get to sit in a clean late model auto instead of a dirty cab with a driver running up the fare.

This means that users who previously used Google Maps to book Uber rides will now need to use the standalone Uber app for Android to continue using the platform. Apart from booking a ride the feature also allowed users to check when the driver is en route to the pickup location, contact the driver and monitor trip status from Google Maps itself.

Have a low-end phone or tiny data cap? The iOS version of the app lost the feature last Summer, and now it's been excised from the Android version, as spotted by Android Police.


A person looking for directions in a new city will very often require a cab to get to his destination.

Meanwhile, in India, Uber has been relegated to the same position as Ola on Google Maps with the removal of the feature.

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