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Uber Launches an Open API But Forbids Developers from Working on Competing Services

Taxi Service, Uber has launched a new open API with participation from 11 partners including Open Table, Trip Advisor, United Airlines and much more. With this launch, the company aims to to increase reach and get it in front of many of new potential users, as the company is in 150 cities in around 50 countries across the world.

The company has made its service available to the third party as well as for any developer who want to add the service in their apps. As per TechCrunch, any app that can send a destination address to Uber will be able to display pickup times and fare estimates without users having to leave their apps. For a small set of select partners, Uber will also allow users to request a car without having to open its own app.

However, in the term guidelines, it explicitly states that the developers are not allowed to use the API in any manner that is competitive to Uber or the Uber Services, including in connection with any application, website or other product or service that also includes, features, endorses, or otherwise supports in any way a third party that provides services competitive to Uber’s products and services, as determined in our sole discretion.

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The company has also mentioned Guided Tutorials, that shows how to integrate with the Uber API, Documentation, to authenticate and make requests to its API end points and Earn With Uber, to get rewarded when users sign up with ride with uber.

The company also said, “Many of the friends you know and love have used the Uber API to make their products more powerful and enhance the user experience.”

The company is also planning to launching with a variety of different use cases with its launch partners. Earlier, this month, it had made partnership with, an Indian bus ticketing platform, to together present an offer to its customers.

Recently, US based on-demand car service, Uber has raised USD 1.2 billion in a fresh round at a valuation of USD 18 billion led by mutual-fund managers Fidelity Investments, Blackrock and Wellington Management. It  received USD 361.2 million from Google Ventures and USD 200million from Texas Pacific Group. Also, in India the firm has opened offices in New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Chennai. In addition to expanding into new markets, Uber has also been adding new products and features over time.

At present, the firm is operating with hundreds of thousands of transportation providers and millions of consumers connecting to its platform.

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