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Use Facebook Messenger to Book a Ride with Lyft or Uber

Facebook recently added a very useful service to its Messengerapp, an app you can use even if you don’t have a Facebook account.
Messenger now allows you to book a ride with Lyft or Uberdirectly through Messenger as long as the particular service is available whereyou live. Facebook says the following about its new offering: Today, we’re expanding the services available toyou with our launch of transportation on Messenger. With this new feature, youcan request a ride from a car service without ever needing to download an extraapp or leave a conversation. It’s super easy and doesn’t take you away from theplans that you’re making with your friends or family.
Admittedly it is ratherdifficult to spot the location of this service in the app; I located it whilebrowsing the newest version. In order to utilize this service, you must open upany conversation you are having in Messenger.
Once you do this,flick down past the options for text, camera, etc. Locate the “more” option anddouble tap it. You will see several choices; “transportation” is one of thefirst choices. Double tap it when you locate it.
Next we find theone accessibility issue with using this service. It is one, though, that youcan work around even if it is rather annoying. As you flick to the right, onceyou hear the “like” option, you can flick two more times. When you do, eachtime you hear only a click sound, the sound you hear when you try to dosomething and your phone’s screen reader is locked up or moving slowly. It isdifferent from the bonk sound you hear when you have reached the final item ina list; it is a barely audible click. Fortunately, even if you have troublehearing it, you should be able to remember that after “like” are two optionswith only the click as feedback.
The first click represents Lyft; if you double tap afterhearing that first click, a screen comes up allowing you to sign up for or signinto Lyft without using or downloading the app. You get messages about thedriver’s whereabouts and whatever else you need to know.
If you flick twice past “like”, you reach Uber’s icon;double tap it and notice a very similar screen with the same options andfunctionality.
You may receive a free ride for using this service if youare a new user of Lyft or Uber; existing users do not get this free ride atthis time. Again, you can request the ride without downloading any other appsand without interrupting your conversations on Messenger.
The services, of course, are available only in areas servedby Lyft or Uber. Check www.lyft.com/citiesand www.uber.com/cities to get thisinformation.
Remember you can take advantage of this service through theMessenger app itself; you need not have a Facebook account.
Messenger continues to add new features; if any others areadded that may benefit the blind or visually impaired community, we mayhighlight them here also.

Stan Greenwood
A humble human, who is always found working on something or drinking coffee. A perfect introvert who talks barely anything but shares a lot through his blog posts at FredForum.

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