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Uber adds ability to share rides with new fare splitting feature

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Splitting a ride in one of Uber's private cars or yellow cabs is about to get much easier. When the latest version of Uber's on-demand car hailing app for iOS and Android is released, it will include one long-awaited feature: fare splitting. Now, after you've arranged a pickup, you'll see a new option that lets you choose friends with which to divide the traveling costs. According to The New York Times, you'll pick your co-riders using your phone's contacts list. If they've already got Uber installed, they'll receive an in-app prompt requesting permission to split the upcoming fare. If not, they'll need to first install the app, create an account, and enter payment information before paying their share. Sadly the option to divvy up Uber's fares comes after the company's special $3,000 helicopter ride promotion. There's nothing stopping you from having friends chip in for a car to the Hamptons, though.