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This App Solves One of Uber’s Biggest Problems

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There are plenty of times when you know you’re going to need a lift well in advance — when you’re headed to the airport catch a flight, for instance. But popular ride-hailing app Uber doesn’t allow users to schedule pickup requests ahead of time.

A new app called TaxiLater, spotted by Gizmodo, aims to provide that missing feature. Using the third-party app, you can select the kind of Uber you want, the location of the pickup, and the requested time of the pickup. If surge pricing is in effect when the time of your request comes around, TaxiLater will double-check that you’re willing to pay the higher price.

Still, there is one potential drawback: Just because you pre-schedule an Uber request doesn’t guarantee that a driver will accept your request when it’s made.

TaxiLater comes just a few months after Uber began allowing outside software developers to add a “Ride Request” button to their apps. Uber did not immediately respond to TIME’s request for comment on TaxiLater.

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