With iOS 10 Apple has finally given app developers access to Siri via SiriKit, which should lead to the digital assistant being a whole lot more useful in the near future. Uber is among the early adopters that have integrated their apps with Siri, allowing you to order your ride simply by saying "Hey Siri" rather than opening the app and tapping and typing away. In order to use this feature you will need the Uber app and an account, then you will need to set it up to work with Siri. Here's how:
- Navigate to Settings -> Siri and make sure Allow "Hey Siri" is toggled on.
- Tap on App Support at the bottom.
- Toggle on Uber. If you have the Uber app and it doesn't show up here, make sure you have the latest version of the Uber app.
- Now you are ready to order your ride hands-free. Say something like "Hey Siri, get me an Uber to the Philadelphia International Airport." There are a number of ways to order that you can experiment with. Be sure to say your destination rather than simply saying "Call me an Uber," or else Siri might open the app and you will have to continue by hand.
- Siri will ask you what type of ride you want (uberX, UberBLACK, etc.) Say the one you want. You can cut this step out by saying the type of ride in the initial request - "Hey Siri, order me an uberX to the airport." This needs some refining though, as it can get quite frustrating getting Siri to understand "uberX" instead of "Huber ask."
- Siri will tell you the estimated wait time and ask if you want to order it. Say "Yes" and your Uber will be on its way.
iOS 10 has also opened up the Maps app to third party developers and Uber has jumped on that as well, allowing you to order an Uber directly from your Maps.