Uber is making it easier for you to use its service for business. The company has launched an auto-expense feature that’s part of your business profile. With this feature, you don’t need to worry about paperwork — Uber will automate the process and send a ride receipt to your expense provider.
The on-demand private car service has integrated this offering with partners Concur, Expensify, Certify, and Chrome River. Uber opted to partner with these companies because they cover the “vast majority of the managed expense market,” ensuring that most riders won’t have to waste time getting reimbursed for their business travels.
To enable this feature, open your business profile and select Auto-Expense within the settings. From there, you’ll be able to choose between the four providers. Link your account to a service and you’ll receive an email for verification purposes. That’s it.
Business profiles were created so riders wouldn’t have to worry about using their personal credit cards for work-related trips. While Uber has always been available to everyone, it’s been taking special measures to appeal to the workforce, an effort that seems to be paying off. According to Certify, one of Uber’s newest partners, among individuals on business trips, usage of the ride service exceeded taxi requests in 2015.
“Many of the successful on-demand services are based upon either an introduction of a more efficient process, a more satisfying solution, or a product that is less expensive than traditional providers,” Certify CEO Bob Neveu told VentureBeat in January.
Uber’s Auto-Expense streamlines the travel process so you can move forward with your day. “Our goal is to make business travel on Uber as seamless as possible in over 400 cities and 69 countries around the world,” the company explained. “With Auto-Expense, you can have the peace of mind that you’re saving time and money — before and after the ride.”
The company offered some insights into business traveler patterns, noting that most riders are in New York, San Francisco, and Mexico City. India’s New Delhi and Bangalore are also in the top 10 cities for Uber business riders. There are currently more than 200,000 companies worldwide whose employees have Uber business profiles, with the average rider taking approximately four trips a month.