Facebook has launched a transportation feature on their Messenger. With this new feature, you can request a ride from a car service without ever needing to download an extra app.
To get started, download the latest version of Messenger. Then, from within a conversation, tap the more menu and choose Transportation. Uber is the first partner that has signed up. You just tap the car icon to request a ride. From there, you’ll receive updates on your driver’s status and notify your friends that you’ve called a ride.
The good thing about this new feature is that you’ll get a free ride the first time you use this feature (up to $20 value) with Uber. All you have to do to claim your free ride is link your existing Uber account or set up a new account within Messenger and request a ride. Driver status updates and payment receipts will get delivered to a private conversation between you and Uber.
This service is currently in testing and will be available to select users in the locations where Uber operates in the United States. More countries and other transportation partners will be available soon.