Uber Beacon

Beacon is a dashboard-mounted visual communication device that helps drivers and riders find each other, a common rideshare complaint. Beacon is clear, bright, and carries the new Uber brand language.

Its unmistakable U-shaped light makes car recognition instant, even in bad weather. Beacon‘s custom color is controlled via the app, or it can flash for those who are color-blind. The light wraps around the sides for good visibility at any angle. The back of Beacon that faces the interior of the car has a bold LED matrix display to give rider updates and safety tips such as “wear your seatbelt,” “exit curbside,” and “watch for cyclists.” This interior display is a welcome new communication modality for drivers and riders.

Functionally, Beacon features a quick-release magnetic mount for easy removal. Beacon’s internal hardware also contains new sensor technologies that provide more precise pick-up and drop-off locations. Beacon is rolling out in cities across the US and is already proving to be an effective tool to enhance the rideshare experience.

  • Services
    Industrial Design, User Experience
  • Year
    2020

Rider Reminders

Beacon reminds riders to wear their seat belt, close car doors gently, and exit curbside, so drivers don’t have to.

Smoother Pickups

Color-matching in the rider app, lets riders know to look for the color of a driver’s beacon.

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