UberRush Now Available to Everyone
June 13, 2016 Leave a comment
Back in January, UberRush was released to a small group of companies looking for help with their delivery needs. Nordstrom, 1800flowers, and Google Express partnered with Uber to handle their last minute, on-demand delivery needs. Now, Uber is taking UberRush out of beta and extending it to everyone–meaning any developer can add the program to their company’s website and have Uber at the ready.
The ride sharing company is hoping their smaller and lesser known early adopters can lead the way in getting businesses to see the value in having an Uber driver on standby. On-demand delivery has so far worked for the Chicago-based dry-cleaning service Dryv, meal delivery businesses Ando and Mealmade, and Up Sonder, a rental company that lends drones to aerial photographers. With just a few lines of code, all of the above businesses have been able to get their product to customers within minutes to hours.
Right now hundreds of Uber employees are working on expanding the UberRush service, and Uber is encouraging current drivers to get involved. While drivers can come aboard strictly for deliveries, many drivers can choose to do both UberRush and passenger pickup. That said, drivers will be focusing on one thing at a time, meaning you won’t have a driver picking up passengers while delivering groceries. However, UberRush product manager Calvin Lee said everything is still up in the air.
“We’re always looking for ways to be a lot more efficient in terms of how we spend drivers’ time, he said. “We are interested in these big logistics problems that come from moving both people and things.”
UberRush is only available in San Francisco, New York, and Chicago, but depending on its popularity, other cities can expect to see it in the near future. Uber will be hosting workshop challenges for drivers in the three aforementioned cities the week of June 27.