Uber your parcels to your loved ones with Uber Connect!

Khevna Pandit
Thursday, 11 June 2020

Uber has introduced a package delivery service that will allow users to ferry parcel across the city.

The COVID-19 pandemic has allowed us to explore the length at which tech can come in aid during a crisis. However, despite the convenience being available to us at the touch of our fingertips, there will always be gaps and limitations that technology cannot fill. Despite being able to call for essentials at home, there are times when ferrying something yourself becomes next to impossible. Keeping up with the restrictions that are imposed upon us, Uber has come up with a simpler way to facilitate a package delivery service. 

Where is it available? 

Uber Connect, which is now available in selective nine cities of India (Kolkata, Guwahati, Jaipur, Gurgaon, Delhi, Noida, Chennai, Hyderabad and Chandigarh), invites residents to send packages without concerning themselves of the repercussions of stepping out. Technology has taken a step forth with services like Swiggy Genie in the past, which was only limited to essentials; however, Uber Connect guarantees to deliver packages of every nature -- including a birthday gift, cleaning supplies or documents. 

What is allowed? 

Uber plans to transport these on a two-wheeler and has allowed users to deliver packages up to 5 kgs in weight. However, there is also a list of prohibited items that you cannot send, which includes alcohol, firearms, currency, livestock as well as recreational drugs, amongst others. 

How will it be delivered? 

Similar to its ride-hailing platform, Uber Connect too, will allow users to track the trip's progress before pickup, en route, and at the drop-off. Users will also be permitted to share the delivery status with the recipient of the package. 

How to use Uber Connect? 

To begin using Uber Connect, you must have the Uber app installed on your phone. The app is easily available on both the PlayStore and App Store.

  • Create an account, add your pick up and delivery address. Uber Connect will appear in the Uber app as a new option in the vehicle selection scroller
  • Before going ahead, you will have to check the box agreeing to their terms and conditions, which will confirm that your item complies with those terms and request delivery
  • You will receive a notification once the driver is on their way to pick up your package. You may also contact the driver directly for any special pickup or drop-off instructions
  • You can use the "Share My Trip" feature with your recipient so they can track the delivery and meet the driver to collect the package

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