You squint your eyes at your phone which reads 1% battery. You know it’s crunch time before your phone completely dies and your Uber driver is unable to call you in a desperate attempt to pick you up – not just to take you home, but to take you through the nearest drive-thru where you’ll spend close to what the bar tab that you just walked out on was.
When you stumble out into the street and attempt to say “thanks” to the bouncer only to say “heyyyy thanks mannn” instead, you look at a street full of cars and girls stumbling in heels trying to find their Uber. It’s at that moment that you realize you’re too drunk to read license plates, and after enough vodka-sodas, every black Kia Sorrento and Nissan Murano look the exact same. Finding an Uber when you’re borderline blackout is an impossible task.
Uber is testing a new lighting system that will make it much easier for you to decipher which car is yours, and which is the dude’s who cut you at the bar and ordered five Miller Lites before you could get one measly weak vodka drink. Using these “beacons,” you’ll officially be able to see which car you need to fall into based solely on some lightsaber looking thing on the windshield.
Per Business Insider:
Uber is testing lights called “Beacons” that affix to car windscreens and change colour to show the rider which car is picking them up.
Riders can select on their phone which colour to display, and the Beacon light will change to their choice.
Uber says the lights will initially be tested in four cities: Newcastle, Miami, Denver, and Nashville. It says more cities will follow next year, and lights will be given out to drivers at events in December so they’re ready for New Year’s Eve.
The company also said it will begin displaying the colour of your Uber car in the app, so it’s easier to see which car is there for you.
Gone are the days of belligerently calling the driver who canceled your ride because you took twenty minutes to leave the bar and find the corner your dropped pin was on. No longer do we have to deal with having random texts in our phone from drivers asking, “I’m here – where are you?” Soon, the streets are going to be filled with color-coated self-driving cars and a bunch of blacked out idiots who have nothing better to do than plug their phone in and listen to whichever DJ group replaces The Chainsmokers.
And personally? I can’t wait. .
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