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Uber Eats testing feature that lets you book a culinary class or table at your favorite restaurant 

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Uber Eats is serving up experiences to its users.

The app is testing a new feature in San Francisco called ‘Uber Moments’ that lets customer book a culinary class or a table at their favorite restaurant.

Users can choose between a $75 class on making dumplings or a $55 five-course Nigerian dinner – and the feature will only be available until November 14th.

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Uber Eats s testing a new feature in San Francisco called ‘Uber Moments’ that lets customer book a culinary class or a table at their favorite restaurant

The experiment, first reported on by Forbes, was launched on Friday and will only be available to those living in San Francisco – Uber’s hometown.

Uber sent an email to users in the bay city stating they could book Uber Moments for the next month, scheduled until November 17.

‘Uber Moment’ includes the option to book a $75 class on making Chinese dumplings and a $55 five-course Nigerian dinner.

‘We’re always thinking about new ways to enhance the Eats experience,’ an Uber spokesperson told Forbes when asked about the pilot.

It is not clear when or if Uber will roll out Moments as a full service to the masses.

'Uber Moment' includes the option to book a $75 class on making Chinese dumplings and a $55 five-course Nigerian dinner

‘Uber Moment’ includes the option to book a $75 class on making Chinese dumplings and a $55 five-course Nigerian dinner

The experiment comes shortly after Uber announced that it will soon merge its food delivery and ride-hailing applications into one to produce ‘the operating system for everyday life’.

The shift follows shortly after the firm’s cash loss woes surfaced, as it had lost $5.2 billion in the three-month period ending in June — its largest quarterly loss ever.

Uber has been under fire for its approach to safety and plagued by regulatory concerns, which has cost it billions of dollars. 

The experiment comes shortly after Uber announced that it will soon merge its food delivery and ride-hailing applications into one to produce 'the operating system for everyday life'

The experiment comes shortly after Uber announced that it will soon merge its food delivery and ride-hailing applications into one to produce ‘the operating system for everyday life’ 

However, Dara Khosrowshahi insists the company is on the right track, and even expressed confidence in its business model – which may of been his way of hinting of the new application merge.

Reported by The Verge, the firm is merging its ride-hailing and food delivery apps, all while adding new safety features that push alternative modes of transportation – bikes, scooters and public transportation.

‘We don’t just live in the digital sphere, and the real world comes with all kinds of complications,’ Khosrowshahi told The Verge.

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‘And for us, the challenge is: how do we navigate those complications and how do we make sure that we’re a constructive part of everyone’s life?’

And the merged app is said to have received a complete makeover.

Instead of seeing a map or a nearby restaurant when you first open the app, you will see two boxes – ‘Get a ride’ or ‘Order food’.

However, The Verge noted that not every costumer will be presented with the same screen, as second version keeps the map and destination search bar.

There will be two additional tabs on the bottom that read ‘ride’ and ‘eat’ allowing users to choose if they want food delivery or a car.

With past horror stories of riders getting into the wrong car flooding the news, Uber has released a four-digit PIN verification system that riders will need to say out loud to the drive before he or she can start the ride.

Uber will merge its food delivery (pictured) and ride-hailing apps into one to produce 'the operating system for everyday life'.  This comes after it was revealed it had lost $5.2 billion in the three-month period ending in June -- its largest quarterly loss ever

Uber will merge its food delivery (pictured) and ride-hailing apps into one to produce ‘the operating system for everyday life’.  This comes after it was revealed it had lost $5.2 billion in the three-month period ending in June — its largest quarterly loss ever

However, the firm is set to release technology that uses ultrasound waves that will know when the rider is in the car.

The ‘Real-Time ID Check’, released in 2016, has been updated to make drivers move their hear around, blink and smile while looking in to a smartphone camera.

Finally, riders will be notified if they are dropped off near a bike line in a bid to avoid accidents. 

The new safety features may be a result of Uber’s relaxed approach on rider safety in the past.

CEO Dara Khosrowshahi (pictured at the event where the app merge announcement was made) insists the company is on the right track, and even expressed confidence in its business model ¿ which may of been his way of hinting of the new application merge

CEO Dara Khosrowshahi (pictured at the event where the app merge announcement was made) insists the company is on the right track, and even expressed confidence in its business model – which may of been his way of hinting of the new application merge

All safety concerns that have been reported to Uber’s special investigation team have been basically hidden, as they are prohibited from share them with law enforcement or file official police reports ‘even when they get confessions of felonies,’ according to The Washington Post. 

They are also not allowed to advise victims or potential victims of crimes to seek legal counsel. 

‘We don’t think trust can be won with one thing,’ Kansal told The Verge. ‘I think the way we want to win trust is by showing commitment, and that’s going to be long term.’

 

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