Facebook is set to launch a ‘Transportation on Messenger’ service, starting with a partnership with Uber, as it looks to extend the capabilities of the app.
The aim is to make transportation “as simple as sending a message”.
Users will be able to call an Uber from within a conversation by tapping a car icon, receive updates on their driver’s status, and notify friends. They will also be able to pay from within Messenger.
Driver status updates and payment receipts will be delivered to a private conversation between the user and Uber, to track journey and payment history.
This service is currently in testing mode and will be available to select users in locations in the US where Uber operates.
More countries and other transportation partners will be available soon, the social media giant said.
Facebook launched a free P2P payments service for users of its Messenger app in the US in July. Over the past year, it has also added integrations with retailers, household brands and hotels “to make most common and every day business interactions more productive.”