The company already released the Uber Driver app on CarPlay earlier this year, and the biggest benefit was obvious. Users could see the heatmap and accept trips without interacting with the mobile device, so they could rely entirely on the infotainment screen for previously exclusive features to smartphones.
Uber is now bringing the same functionality to Android Auto, so Uber Drivers whose mobile devices run Google's operating system can now accept trips, see the demand heatmap, and enable navigation on the infotainment screen.
The application is already available on the Play Store with Android Auto support, so make sure you install the latest build as soon as possible. Your car must also support Android Auto, so the Uber Driver icon should appear on the screen after you update the app.
Uber has also announced other improvements for its mobile app, including real-time navigation feedback and alternate routes to navigate to a destination more efficiently.
If you're an Uber driver, you probably know how annoying the routing engine sometimes is, as facing heavy traffic has become too common due to the app's horrible features on this front. Uber says that'll soon be a thing of the past, as December will witness the debut of new capabilities, including traffic information provided by TomTom.
TomTom is one of the largest navigation experts in the world, offering an advanced routing engine and traffic information already embedded in millions of cars across the planet. As a result, its integration into the Uber app is big news, helping navigation with accurate data and real-time information.
The application will also offer alternate routes that'll help avoid road closures, crashes, and construction sites, but the great feature encourages drivers to contribute with real-time traffic data that becomes available for others. In other words, Uber is introducing a crowdsourcing engine specifically aimed at drivers so users can post real-time traffic and route information that will become available to other drivers.
Uber is also improving the map clarity with sharper route lines, so the pickup and drop-off locations will be easier to observe on the map. The application will also display nearby parking locations available for free.
Many Uber drivers are already using other applications for similar capabilities, including Google Maps and Waze, so adding these features will make them redundant, eventually allowing them to stick with the Uber Driver app on their mobile devices or the infotainment screen.