May 8, 2015
UFIT partnered with UF Student Government to build an application for UF Safe Rides, a pilot program utilizing Uber services, with the goal of providing students safe, affordable, and reliable rides around Gainesville.
In April, students received 50% off standard Uber fares by using a promotional code provided by UF Student Government. UFIT built the application that allowed students to receive the discount by authenticating their GatorLink account.
Cory Yeffet, the 2014-2015 student body president, said the application was an integral part of the pilot. “One huge challenge with the pilot program was figuring out a way to ensure only students are using the service, as it is being paid for by students,” he said. “UFIT was innovative in creating a solution that allowed students to securely and easily access the promotional code.”
Due to the pilot’s success, UF Student Government is considering future opportunities with Uber to provide students discounted rates. Visit Uber’s UF Safe Rides webpage for more information about the program.