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This article was published on August 12, 2014

Uber is reportedly working on an API to add ride requests to all your favorite apps

Uber is reportedly working on an API to add ride requests to all your favorite apps Image by: David Ramos
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Roberto Baldwin was a reporter for The Next Web in San Francisco between April 2014 and March 2015. Roberto Baldwin was a reporter for The Next Web in San Francisco between April 2014 and March 2015.

On-demand taxi service, Uber might be working on a way to be part of all your favorite apps. Soon an airline’s app could also have a button to call an Uber after you land.

According to TechCrunch, the ride-sharing service will be releasing an API so developers can add the company’s request-a-ride button to their apps. If true, it makes sense considering the company’s recent partnership with Google.

Currently in the Google Maps app when you choose public transportation or walking, the last directions option is Get an Uber with approximate travel times associated with using the service.

By launching an open API, a whole host of mapping and travel apps could keep users engaged by including a quick way to hire a car. For Uber, this is an opportunity to gain users and interact with the users it already has outside its own app.

➤ Uber Is About To Launch An API [TechCrunch]

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