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Uber will let you book a ride a month in advance

After rival Lyft left it in the dust with a scheduling feature, ride-hailing app Uber is rolling out its own feature that lets people book a ride as much as 30 days in advance.

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When you wake up for 3 a.m. for your next red-eye flight, Uber may have a system set so your ride is already waiting.

The ride-hailing app is rolling out a feature to book rides from 30 minutes to 30 days in advance. The "Scheduled Rides" booking system is available in Seattle, and Uber said the feature will widen to other "top business travel cities" globally.

The first city in Europe to benefit is London, where business users can prebook taxis from August 25. Regular users will be able to follow the suits in coming weeks.

Don't assume all the advance planning will save you from surge pricing, though. The app will send reminders 24 hours and 30 minutes in advance of your pickup, and it will notify you if surge pricing applies. Surge pricing is a bump in cost that Uber applies when demand for rides is high or supply is low.

Rival Lyft beat Uber to the punch, launching a similar tool last month. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick previously said Uber's goal was to make its ride-request fulfillment so reliable that scheduled rides would be unnecessary.

Update, 25 August: Included information on scheduled rides in Europe.