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How do I recognize my driver? Any tips?

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Anonymous
3446 Driver Driver Rider
 Posted 4 years, 5 months ago

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    momof4
    8191 Rider Driver
     2 years ago

    Riders are able to use a light on their phone. Lets use "blue" as an example. Riders screen lights up blue driver receives text that tells them which color to look for. I assume Uber chooses the color in the event there are multiple pick ups. This way 2/3 people dont have same color at same location. I've had riders text me describing where they are or what they have on. For example I have pickups at Philadelphia Mills Mall (aka Franklin Mills Mall) Uber notoriously sends drivers to wrong pick up location. Some riders know this and will send a text where they are (using a landmark or enterance) Uber's app is awful in apartment complexes, malls, hospitals, strip malls. Many drivers get frustrated and cancel. Equally frustrating for both. Although these suggestions are more for driver to find you once you are connected at pick up, you can confirm the type of car, license plate, and pic to confirm. I also use my hazzards (flashers) as I pull up. Not all drivers do this …

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    Riders are able to use a light on their phone. Lets use "blue" as an example. Riders screen lights up blue driver receives text that tells them which color to look for. I assume Uber chooses the color in the event there are multiple pick ups. This way 2/3 people dont have same color at same location. I've had riders text me describing where they are or what they have on. For example I have pickups at Philadelphia Mills Mall (aka Franklin Mills Mall) Uber notoriously sends drivers to wrong pick up location. Some riders know this and will send a text where they are (using a landmark or enterance) Uber's app is awful in apartment complexes, malls, hospitals, strip malls. Many drivers get frustrated and cancel. Equally frustrating for both. Although these suggestions are more for driver to find you once you are connected at pick up, you can confirm the type of car, license plate, and pic to confirm. I also use my hazzards (flashers) as I pull up. Not all drivers do this but you could send text or call your driver to ask him/her to do this. I get texting/ calling can be annoying also to both but it can save a lot of aggravation in the end. Some drivers complain they cant see the text while driving or its dangerous. My answer to that is when you are at red light check it or if having trouble with pick up then view text. If the rider calls your device should be mounted all you need to do is press button. I much rather view a text or get a call than have a troublesome pick up, make the rider wait in inclement weather, or late at night.

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      SteveStarr
      13
       2 years ago

      wait, what.  I never knew this.  Never.

      I don't think I've even see colors in my app before.  I will look tonight.

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        momof4
        8191 Rider Driver
         2 years ago  (edited 2 years ago)

        Make sure you update the app if you havent done so since before summer. I believe you will not be able to see it unless you update.  It rolled out around the time of new driver app. I wish more riders used it. Big help in dark areas or crowded places. Not every city has it. I am in Philadelphia. Not sure what other cities have it. 

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         I am not talking about the "Beacon Light" that drivers have on their dash similar to Lyft. What is here in Philly is Uber assigns rider a color or rider picks color not sure which. Once color is determined (I'll use blue). Driver gets a text that says "Rider has blue light"  or something similar to that wording. Rider's screen emits a blue light and then  holds it up. As driver approaches they can see the phone/light. Only seen it 2X so far. 

        The beacon that Ippei posted about below is rider will see "tap to set beacon color" then tap Uber Logo on lower right hand corner of screen to g…

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        Make sure you update the app if you havent done so since before summer. I believe you will not be able to see it unless you update.  It rolled out around the time of new driver app. I wish more riders used it. Big help in dark areas or crowded places. Not every city has it. I am in Philadelphia. Not sure what other cities have it. 

        Update

         I am not talking about the "Beacon Light" that drivers have on their dash similar to Lyft. What is here in Philly is Uber assigns rider a color or rider picks color not sure which. Once color is determined (I'll use blue). Driver gets a text that says "Rider has blue light"  or something similar to that wording. Rider's screen emits a blue light and then  holds it up. As driver approaches they can see the phone/light. Only seen it 2X so far. 

        The beacon that Ippei posted about below is rider will see "tap to set beacon color" then tap Uber Logo on lower right hand corner of screen to go to color selector. On the bottom corner of drivers windshield will be an Uber logo that will light up with the color rider selected. I was unable to find what cities they are testing this in.

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    ippei
    1202 Driver Rider Guru
     4 years ago

    There was a similar post here.  More and more cars are starting to have their "dash lights."

    Guru answer coming soon.

    https://ride.guru/lounge/p/this-just-in-uber-has-a-new-light-to-help-you-find-your-ride

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      SmittenKitten
      2064 Rider
       4 years ago

      I have yet to see one of them lights.  I get excited and look for them every time.  After 30 rides in NYC, I still haven't seen one.

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        TonyAlmeida
        1150 Rider
         4 years ago

        Do drivers have to buy those light up toys?  I want one.  no, I am not a driver.  I want it for decor

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          RPaulson
          558 Driver
           4 years ago

          college dorm? next to your bud light lamp?

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            CasPer
            325 Rider
             4 years ago

            I still have my lava lamps.  yes,plural.  TWO lava lamps.    nothing wrong with that.  

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    StuffinMuffin
    843 Driver Rider
     4 years ago

    good post.  thanks

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    jbauer
    397 Driver
     4 years ago

    How would the driver's profile pic as the car approaches?