A project for HackHolyoke Spring 2015.
We developed a physical interface for Uber that will call a car given your choice of destination through voice recognition. We utilized an LCD display, physical buttons, and an Arduino, which connect to a computer. The device then displays your destination, type of Uber, estimated wait time, and estimated price. We wrote the backend in Python leveraging the powerful Uber and Google Voice APIs. We believe Uber Instant would be useful in many applications. For example:
A bar could have a UberInstant Button to use when their patrons need a ride home.
An elderly person, who isn't particularly tech savvy, could call an Uber with a button rather than from a pesky smartphone.
A hotel service could call an Uber with a button instead of calling a Taxi service.