Uber launches API to help improve the experience for drivers

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Uber would be nothing without its drivers, at least until it rolls out its driverless capabilities as self-driving vehicle technology improves. To ensure their drivers are being supported wherever possible, Uber has launched a new API which enables developers to help improve their experience. 

“More than 1.5 million people across the globe drive on the Uber platform,” explained Chris Saad, Head of the Uber Developer Platform. “With demand for flexible, on-demand work on the rise, we also see an extraordinary opportunity for developers. By leveraging driver profile data, trip data, earnings, and more, you can create new apps and services that make driving with Uber more productive and fun.” 

To example how the Driver API can be utilised, Uber enlisted the help of several innovative apps and services including Jobcase, Sears, Sherpashare, Stride, and Activehours. 

Jobcase brings together a community of more than 50 million people pursuing new career opportunities and now allows users to share their Uber experience and rating on their profile using the Driver API.  

Sears is using the Driver API to reward Uber drivers with Shop Your Way loyalty points for their completed trips which can be used for things such as new appliances at Sears, a new outfit at Kmart, or a tune-up at a Sears Auto Center. 

Sherpashare wants to improve the driving experience and help maximise earnings through intelligent route recommendations to pick up more people en route. 

Stride helps driver-partners reach their income goals by helping with financial management and maximising take-home pay. 

Activehours builds on Instant Pay by giving even more drivers immediate access to the money that they’ve earned. 

"With demand for flexible, on-demand work on the rise, we also see an extraordinary opportunity for developers. By leveraging driver profile data, trip data, earnings, and more, developers can create new apps and services that make driving with Uber more productive and fun," explains Saad. 

This latest addition for developers helps Uber in the fight against increasing competition from rivals such as Lyft and ensures the platform retains driver loyalty. You can find out more information about the Driver API here. 

How do you envision Uber's new Driver API could be used? Share your thoughts in the comments. 

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