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Can I pretend I'm somewhere else and see how many Uber cars are nearby?

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confused
4 Driver
 Posted 1 month, 1 week ago

I'm planning some hikes, within the city, suburbs and semi-rural areas, where Uber cars might or might not be, and I wanted to check in advance if there actually were any in the area where I'll be ending my hike.   But Uber seems to always center its map around my current location, for example, sitting at my desk at home.   I'd like to move myself on the map to the likely end of my hike.    Is there a way to do that, on Android or Windows? 

(I no longer have friends who like to hike, especially not on weekdays.  (I'm 74.)  I thought I'd leave my car at the start of my hike and when I finish or get too tired and I'm near a road, I'd get an Uber (or Lyft) to take me back to my car.)


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    OP 4 Driver
     1 month ago

    My bad.  The middle of the screen asked where I wanted to go and I picked a place.  And then the map is sort of fixed.     But I found out just now that I click on the little half-height map at the bottom of the screen, it opens up full screen and you can pull the map with your finger to wherever you want.  (There aren't many ubers running around near River Road/Patapsco State Park, but they aren't that far away and I'm sure if I'm willing to pay, they'll come.   And my rubber raft is no bigger than a suitcase when I deflate it and roll it up. Just have to pick a day after it rains so the river is high enough.  It's looking good. )  Thanks for your help.

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      bellylaugh
      47 Rider
       1 month ago

      You got it! I am sure you will be able to get a ride, it might just cost you if there aren't many drivers around but one will get to you :)

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    OP 4 Driver
     1 month ago

    BTW, a faker app was a good idea.  A couple years ago I dl'd a faker app that I think lets me fake my phone number, or something, but I was just curious, I have no one to hide from, and I'm not going to use it.  And with the PC I installed a VPN (?) that let me change my pc's location, but I coudlnt' get the one I chose to work.

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    chawes
    756 Rider Guru
     1 month ago

    Good question... 

    On Android there are location faker apps that theoretically will allow you to fake your phone into being wherever you want. I haven't tried them so I can't say whether this will work for sure. I don't know if iOS has similar apps.