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Washington, DC apartment building offers an 'Uber room'

Engadget Engadget 18/08/2016 Andrew Dalton
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While developers in San Francisco are subsidizing Uber rides for residents, one forthcoming apartment building in Washington DC's Mount Pleasant neighborhood is offering to make the actual experience of waiting even more comfortable. As the Washington Post reports, the 85-unit Vintage on 16th is appealing to car-free city dwellers by doing away with onsite parking and replacing it with bike storage, communal electric bikes and a dedicated space where residents can keep themselves occupied as they way for their shared ride to arrive.

The "Uber room," as the developers have taken to calling the space, is definitely not just a regular lobby, but distinctly separate place to wait out the no-doubt interminable four to seven minutes of average wait time for an Uber in the nation's capital. The Post notes when the building opens this fall it will still have a main lobby where residents can take care of their usual lobby-based business like picking up a package or chatting up the doorman. The Uber room, on the other hand, will be a separate 260 square-foot space containing couches and a TV, as well as an outside view and a separate entrance. Perhaps most helpfully, the room will also contain a TransitScreen showing arrival times for buses and Metro trains as well as the current wait time for an Uber.

"There will be magazines and stuff to kill time," developer Joe Bous explained, apparently unaware that everyone who uses Uber also has a smartphone full of ways to kill time. "The idea is to be physically comfortable and intellectually stimulating while you wait for your Uber."

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