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No hailing required as Uber launches pre-booked rides

Get out my dreams and into my pre-scheduled ridesharing car!

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Uber says its new scheduled rides service will be ideal for airport pickups.

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There's no doubt Uber has shaken up the taxi industry, but when it comes to flagging a ride for a 5 a.m. trip to the airport, there are some parts of the market where taxis have had the monopoly.

But now Uber is muscling its way into one of the last mainstays of the traditional taxi industry, announcing the launch of scheduled rides across Australia's major capital cities.

The new feature, available in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth from September 15, will allow passengers to request an UberX ridesharing car to arrive at a specific time and location, without having to flag it down on the street.

The feature is already available overseas, but it's only available in limited locations in Australia at launch:

  • Brisbane -- Merthyr, New Farm, Newstead and Teneriffe
  • Sydney -- Eastern Suburbs and Inner West
  • Melbourne -- CBD and inner suburbs
  • Perth -- CBD, inner suburbs and Freemantle

You can schedule a ride from 30 minutes to 30 days out, and you'll get reminders sent to your phone both 24 hours and 30 minutes ahead of your scheduled pick-up time, as well as a notification when your ride is on its way.