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Uber riders can now schedule trips up to 30 days in advance

The logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street is seen in this photo illustration taken in Madrid.
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The logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone over a reserved lane for taxis in a street is seen in this photo illustration taken in Madrid.

Uber rolled on Thursday out a feature allowing users to schedule rides up to 30 days in advance, and as short as 30 minutes ahead of time.

The initiative will first launch in Seattle followed by other "top business travel cities" according to the ride-sharing company's website. It is currently only available for uberX, the company's "low cost" and most popular option, but the company said they "hope to make it available with other products" as the service expands.

In late May, one of Uber's biggest competitors — Lyft — launched its own scheduled ride options, although the initial feature only allowed customers to schedule rides up to 24 hours in advance.

The scheduled rides will cost the same as a regular uberX ride, "subject to pricing conditions at the future time the request is made", including potentially surge pricing. The ability to schedule a ride in advance will be made available at first to business travelers, but the company said it expects to make it available to all riders as the feature continues to be introduced.

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