Uber may have created an all new way of getting a ride to and from places thanks to its super easy to use app and fleet of drivers eager to take advantage of even the slightest whiff of surge pricing, but there has always been one problem with the service that has put many off using it. While ordering a car for immediate pickup is a thing of wonder when all you need to do is tap a few buttons, sometimes there are occasions where ordering the car in advance would be preferential.

Say, you need a ride to the airport but don’t want to run the risk of ordering a car at the last minute, for example. Pre-ordering cars is a feature Uber needs badly. And now it has it.

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Announced today, Uber is beginning its worldwide rollout of a new feature which allows riders to order a car to arrive anywhere between 30 minutes to 30 days from the time of order. That means anyone who might need a car guaranteed to be available at a particular time can now do just that, removing the need to order an Uber when required in the hope that one is actually available. Great news indeed.

Starting out in Seattle, the global rollout of the ride pre-ordering aspect of Uber is set to focus on business users initially due to the feature being particularly suited to them. Eventually though, expect to be able to order yourself a car just in time for your movie to end, or your night out to end. Whatever the reason you’re pr-ordering a car, Uber says the process will be super easy.

-Select uberX and tap “Schedule a Ride.”
-Set your pickup date, time, location, and destination.
-Confirm the details of your upcoming trip and tap “Schedule uberX.” You can cancel at anytime before your ride is on the way.
-We’ll send you reminders both 24 hours and 30 minutes in advance of your pickup. You’ll be notified after your ride is on the way, as well as whether surge pricing applies.

Simple, quick and above all, without the potential stress of trying to order an Uber a the last minute only to see there are no cars available. Did Uber just grow up?

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(Source: Uber)

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