Source: News Bharati English18 Dec 2015 20:09:03

California, December 18: Facebook from Thursday started a new feature to give its user’s transportation facility with help of its chatting application Messenger without downloading an extra application. The first ride taken through this feature would be free of cost.

“With this new feature, you can request a ride from a car service without ever needing to download an extra app or leave a conversation”, said Facebook in its statement.

Facebook added, “We’re expanding the services available to you with our launch of transportation on Messenger which is super easy and doesn’t take you away from the plans that you’re making with your friends or family”.

“Whether you’re meeting friends for lunch, on your way to a concert, or running late for work, Messenger and our partners can get you to your destination faster”, said Facebook.

Informing about how to use this feature, Facebook said, “To get started, download the latest version of Messenger. Then, from within a conversation, tap the more menu and choose Transportation”.

Facebook also mentioned that users can also search directly for Uber – our first partner – and tap the car icon to request a ride.

From there, users will receive updates on your driver’s status and notify your friends that you’ve called a ride. With the ability to request, track and pay for a ride in Messenger, we’re making transportation as simple as sending a message, Facebook added.

Meanwhile, for a limited time, users will also get a free ride the first time you use this feature (up to $20 value) with Uber. All you have to do to claim your free ride is link your existing Uber account or set up a new account within Messenger and request a ride.

Driver status updates and payment receipts will get delivered to a private conversation between you and Uber. With everything in one place, you can seamlessly keep track of your ride and payment history.

This service is currently in testing and will be available to select users in the locations where Uber operates in the United States. More countries and other transportation partners will be available soon.