What Does Uber’s Alexa Skill Mean for the Future of the Internet?
Uber’s Alexa skill is one of the most seamless experiences out there. All you do is say “Alexa, ask Uber for a ride” and a car will arrive in minutes. It was pretty amazing when you could get a ride in just a tap on your smartphone. But now, you don’t even need to tap—just express your intention to Alexa, and she handles the rest.
First of all, this skill is a great thing for Uber. How many Ubers have been called just to see how it feels to call for a ride using only voice? It’s helping them sell, and differentiate against competitors in a time when ride-hailing startups are a dime a dozen. Giving people that magical experience of being able to call for a ride using only their voice… That is not something to sneeze at.
Get a reliable ride in minutes with the Uber skill. Simply say “Alexa ask Uber for a ride” and an UberX will be there in minutes. If you would like a different car type, you can say things like “Alexa, ask Uber to order an Uber Black.” From low-cost to premium, every ride option feels like an upgrade to the everyday.
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So what does this mean about the future of the internet?
Uber started as a smartphone app and has had to gain a voice element. Most of the other services in our lives will follow suit over the coming years. There are certain things you just need a screen for—those things will still be done on screens. But there are many things, like calling an Uber, where it’s just easier to speak it out than it is to open up your phone, find the app, and tap the button. Once people have that kind of experience, they will begin to expect it from every one of the online services they use.
Oh and by the way, now over one third of Americans own a smart speaker. Pretty soon, it will become mandatory for all online services to have a voice component—consumers will expect it.
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