When you use carpool services, like Uber Pool, you would encounter complete strangers during rides. These rides may be uncomfortable because of the awkward silence between you and co-passengers. Starting a conversation is also arduous because you are not familiar with them. It is this very problem that Uber is addressing now.
As per a recently published patent application, Uber has developed a transport arrangement service that is integrated with passengers’ social network profiles, like Instagram® and Facebook®. Uber will match your profile with your co-passengers’ to find common points of interests, including shared hobbies, common friends, common professions, common companies, etc. Further, the common interests will be shared with you and your co-passengers to give you a conversation starter.
With this system, the pool rides will be more enjoyable, and you could potentially make friends during every ride.
Publication Number: US20190190881A1
Patent Title: Social media integration for transport arrangement service
Publication date: 2019-06-20
Filing date: 2019-02-25
Inventors: Rahul Bijor, Matthew Wyndowe, Zoran Martinovic, Dmitry Shevelenko, Amritha Prasad
Assignee: Uber Technologies Inc