Testing Clever Examples of the Uber API

Uber – the $40 billion software company & ridsharing app – created an API to showcase various applications & data visualizations of passenger data. Check out the variety of API uses below:

1. Ubutton:

Create an embeddable Uber icon marker into your site, like the one shown below to hail an Uber to a certain destination; such a project could be useful in a customer’s ‘Contact Us’ page to allow customer’s to visit/shop at a certain local business.

The example below creates a marker to route a passenger to the Dallas Museum of Art in Downtown Dallas, the time until a Uber driver will pick a passenger up is displayed as well as the estimated cost from the Uber’s GPS location:

Take Uber to the Dallas Museum of Art

Ubutton project website: http://ubutton.github.io/

Project Creator:

2. TravelGreen:

Uber helps keep people have relatively lower carbon emissions; however, this application helps people fully offset their carbon footprint by calculating how much of a carbon tax you’d need to buy in order to counter estimated Uber mileage. Login to the web app and you’ll get a estimation of how much you’d need to donate in order to ride uber carbon free.

Estimations of the cost of carbon emissions come from CarbonFund.org.

Here’s a screenshot of my total Uber usage thus far:


TravelGreen project website: http://uberhackathon.challengepost.com/submissions/37080-travelgreen

Project creator:

3. Totals for Uber

This example of the Uber API helps you find out up to data statistics on your riding history – the number of rides, times waited, time spent in car, & total miles are all displayed on this intriguing web app for data junkies.

If you’ve been curious how many miles you’ve spent using Uber, then check this out to get a better idea on how much money you’ve spent using the app:


Totals for Uber project website: https://uber.totals.io/

Project creator: http://about.bryce.se/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/bryceadams/

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Utilizing Uber as a alternative mode of transportation is a cost-effective means of short-distance navigation in metropolitan areas. Looking at these examples of the Uber API helps identify a key-demographic of ridesharing software/services.

Ridesharing options are varied in metropolitan areas with bikesharing, carsharing, & ridesharing services like Uber, Lyft, Zipcar, Car2go, & others in metropolitan areas.

-Here’s my post on UberX Rates in Texas Cities
-For more information on Lyft check out Heatmap of Cities Lyft Operates In

Something that’s not available in Uber or Lyft is the ability to add multiple destinations in a single trip. This post’s picture is an example of draggable directions in the Google Maps API, this Maps template will be featured in an upcoming post; it would be a nice feature for ridesharing apps, to be able to add multiple locations at once to make it easier for drivers to navigate.


If you have any questions or comments, please send an email: will[at]mindbodymetrics.com


All of the hackathon projects can be found here: https://developer.uber.com/showcase/

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