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Innovative Uber integration coming to running app Track Runner

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The next update to Windows Phone exclusive Track Runner is going to include some Uber integration. Track Runner is one of our favorite running apps on Windows Phone, and its next update is about to make it even better.

The next update to Track Runner should be out in a few days. This update will introduce the ability to add custom distances to the pacer and improved Facebook sharing. Support for additional heart rate sensors has been added as well.

This update will also include an experimental feature – Uber integration. The Track Runner team looked at their data and noticed runs were ending further away from their starting location. With this new experimental feature, you can just run as far as you'd like (and in any direction) and have an Uber ready to pick you up and take you home.

Update: To clarify, the update due out in a few days will include the custom distances for the pacer and improved Facebook sharing. The experimental Uber features will be in the available sometime in the next few weeks.

Here are some of the experimental Uber features you can look forward to testing out:

  • "Uber @ finish line": Thanks to our track recognition and the pacer, an Uber car is dispatched automatically to your projected finishing location, waiting to take you home after your run.
  • "Surrender to Uber": If your pacer training is not going as expected, soften the blow with a royal trip home.
  • Uber me home: Just run and order an Uber with one tap whenever you're ready.

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And just like that Track Runner made another case to be the best running app on Windows Phone. We could see the Uber integration coming in handy if you're visiting another city and go for a nice long run. It would be pretty liberating just to run without worrying about turning around at some halfway point just to end up where you started.

Anyone interesting in trying out the Uber integration in the next Track Runner update?

Source: Track Runner

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Innovative Uber integration coming to running app Track Runner

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Really neat feature. Can't think of any running apps on any mobile platform that does something like this. Falling behind in your run? Maybe it's time to call it quits and head home.

I don't think that's the idea. I think the idea is to just get outside and run anywhere! Run in any direction for as long as you want without worrying or thinking about how you're going to get back to your starting point. That's because an Uber driver will be ready to pick you up and help you get back. It sounds like a really good idea if you ask me. The point I'm trying to make is that I think this feature it to encourage more running, not calling it quits early. Lol.

Super idea. Would really like to see this with a bike rack option. I've cycled 10miles from home before and regretted going so far.

5 mile ride with kids to gym, came out few hours later to two flat tires. Walked a mile to bike shop, fixed the tubes to get two more flats (different tires) on return trip and have to walk home. Uber bike would have been nice.

Yeah, first thing I thought... When you run, make sure your destination is close to your home so you can just walk there, don't take a taxi. It will cost more to the taxi driver to have to clean his car than the money he'll be making with you.

This!

Note to self: Bring a garbage bag to sit on/in lol. I wouldn't even want to get an Uber ride for this very reason. That's just rude.

It runs in the background, that's why. Same with GPS Nav apps.

For reliability purposes, internal memory is better for apps that run in the background.

Do they support the scenario of uber picking me up after the start of the run and taking me to the finish line while still show I ran the course?

Me: "I ran five miles today, but had to call Uber to take me back home."

Friend: "Why didn't you run 2.5 miles and then run 2.5 miles back home."

Me: "????"