On August 20, Uber announced the official launch of their API; developers now have access to many of the primitive features that power Uber’s ride sharing platform. And the API launch is perfectly in line with Uber’s mission to bring transportation as reliable as running water to everyone, everywhere.
“While simple on the surface, the seamlessness of the Uber experience belies the enormous complexity that powers it,” reads the blog post.
To that end, the new Uber API allows apps to pass a destination address to the Uber app, display pickup times, provide fare estimates, and access trip history. As expected, the hallmark ride request feature has also been implemented, granted in a more controlled fashion with a small set of partners.
“We believe that any app with a map is a potential Uber API partner,” reads the blog. “To kick things off, we’re launching with 11 fantastic companies, all of whom have already integrated with the API and are rolling out in cities around the world.”
The current list of partner companies is:
- Hyatt Hotels & Resorts
- Starbucks Coffee Company
- Tempo Smart Calendar
- Time Out
- United Airlines
To help celebrate their API launch, Uber’s partners are offering new Uber users up to $30 off their first ride. The team also guarantees us that this is only the tip of the iceberg as they move forward to providing functionality, support, and value for their developers.