The little-known Uber hack that ensures you ALWAYS get in the right car – and drivers can’t start the trip until you give them a secret code
- A little-known Uber hack guarantees people will get into the right car, always
- The hack calls for users to give their drivers a PIN which will unlock the trip
- The trip cannot be started unless the driver uses the four digit code on the app
A little-known safety hack will ensure you never hop into the wrong Uber again – and it takes seconds to activate.
An in-app Uber pin was quietly introduced in 2019 and once activated prevents drivers from starting the trip until they’re given a four-digit code by the rider.
The safety trick ensures riders don’t hop into a car driven by a stranger and unknowingly put themselves in a dangerous situation – especially on big nights out or crowded events.
An in-app Uber pin was quietly introduced in 2019 and once activated prevents drivers from starting the trip until they’re given a four-digit code by the rider
First riders have to turn on the PIN notification at ‘Verify your rides’
Uber released videos explaining how to turn their PIN verification on, and once activated you will be sent a four-digit code before every ride.
Once your driver arrives they must ask for your pin – but the ride won’t start until they punch the code into their app – confirming they are who they say they are.
When the pin first came out it was deemed ‘controversial’ especially by the drivers.
‘Just what we needed extra steps while we’re blocking traffic. Thanks Uber!,’ one driver wrote.
‘Oh boy, this will make picking up drunks much more fun,’ added another.
‘How is this going to work in Boston traffic and busy streets?! We already have police officers yelling for us to move. I’ve been driving for over a year now and never had the wrong person enter my car. Please make it easier for us and not more complicated! Not happy,’ said a female driver.
The PIN has to be a match to the trip in the driver’s system for the trip to begin
But most riders ‘feel relieved’ to have the safety stop as a back-up – especially given several tragic incidents regarding mistaken driver identities.
‘Good idea. Prevents a lot of unwanted issues over rider and driver integrity. Love it,’ one woman said.
‘A lot of Uber drivers are complaining but as 21-year-old old female I think this feature is worth the extra traffic especially when there have been a lot of cases of predators out there pretending to be Ubers,’ added a third.
Despite the PIN feature being in action for a while, many people have ‘never heard of it’.
‘I only found it recently and it is a life saver,’ one woman said.
‘If I had known about this sooner I would have felt more comfortable getting Ubers.’