What better way to tell your friends you’re on your way than by requesting an Uber ride mid-Facebook chat?
On Wednesday, Facebook Messenger got an update to allow U.S. users to seamlessly request an Uber ride directly from the mobile app. Messenger’s new “Transportation” feature only surfaces Uber rides right now, but ride-sharing rival Lyft will join in January. Requesting a ride via Messenger alerts everyone in your Facebook chat that you have, in fact, requested a ride.
To request an Uber ride in Messenger, simply tap on the car icon below the text field or find Transportation in the “more” (...) menu. You’ll have to create an Uber account or connect an existing one before you are able to request a ride. If this is your first time using Uber via Messenger, you will get your first ride for free (up to $20), according to the message we received from Uber once we connected our account. It looks like you can chat directly with Uber reps via Messenger, which is incredible, considering Uber support is notoriously difficult to reach.