Uber adds Ride Request button to its API

Andy Boxall

In App Development

December 4, 2015


Ride-hailing app Uber introduced its API back in August 2014, allowing developers to integrate support for the service into their own apps, and has updated it several times. Now, at the beginning of December, Uber announced the addition of a new button, available through the API, which even more deeply engrains Uber into another app.

It’s called the Uber Ride Request Button, and works exactly how it sounds. The button can be added to your app, and with a tap, provide Uber’s on-demand taxi service for users.

Uber has added a Ride Request button to its API, ready for integration into other apps

uber ride button

In an announcement blog post, Uber says:

“By adding the button next to every address or ‘intent to ride’ in your App, your users will be able to tap to instantly get a ride to the hotel, restaurant, movie theater or any other destination you specify.”

The button only requires a few lines of code to activate, and works with Android and iOS apps. Your app will need to be registered with the Uber Developer Dashboard, and the Uber SDK installed, but that’s about all the set up needed. Developers keen to use the Ride Request Button that are based in the U.S., can join Uber’s affiliate program to earn money for each new Uber user generated.

Uber promises a “smarter, richer, and more useful” button over time, so more features are presumably in the works. You can find out more about it by visiting Uber’s developer site here.