SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Otto Radio, your personal radio app that plays news and podcasts you love, announced it's transforming the way people enjoy audio content during their trips with Uber. Starting today, Otto Radio's integration with Uber's Trip Experiences API will turn the time riders spend traveling to their destination into an opportunity to be entertained and informed about the topics the passenger cares about the most.
Unlike traditional radio, Otto Radio automatically curates top podcasts and audio news based on the listener's interests. The integration with Uber means riders can leverage Otto Radio's content curation capability enhanced by Uber Trip Experiences API. Otto Radio uses trip context to fine-tune the duration of its programming to match the rider's trip. And if the time to destination changes because of a traffic jam or new riders join the UberPool, then Otto Radio will add more content timed to fit within their ride.
"We were honored to be among the initial companies to participate in the Uber Trip Experiences API and we felt it was a perfect match. Our listeners want to stay productive during their downtime, and consume content in a way that fits seamlessly into their day," said Stanley Yuan, CEO and co-founder of Otto Radio. "What better way to use your time in an Uber than to get your own front page of news read to you and discover podcasts you'll love with just the push of a button."
Here's how it works:
- Otto Radio users should go to Me / Profile & Account / Connections, and then follow the steps to connect with Uber.
- Once you've requested an Uber, a playlist of news stories and podcasts, perfectly timed for your trip's duration, will be waiting for you in Otto Radio.
- You can start listening as soon as you've requested your Uber or wait until your driver has arrived to begin enjoying your personalized broadcast. Whatever option you choose the result is the same-- you'll arrive at your destination up-to-date on the topics you're most interested in listening to during your ride.
- Otto Radio is currently available for iOS and Android.
"Otto Radio is a compelling example of how an app can leverage the Uber Trip Experiences API to differentiate their offering by giving users personalized podcasts and news timed to their ride," said Chris Saad, Head of Product, Uber Developer Platform.
Otto Radio is currently available for Uber riders globally and is free of charge for users.
Download Otto Radio and put your next Uber on "Otto" pilot.
About Otto Radio
Otto Radio is your personal radio app that plays podcasts and audio news you love. Unlike traditional radio, your interests determine what Otto Radio plays for you. Otto Radio scours the Internet for the stories that best capture your passions and interests: breaking news, witty podcasts, biting commentary, all transformed into an audio broadcast based on your desired listening time.
Launched in 2015, we are based in San Francisco, California.
For the latest news on Otto Radio go to www.ottoradio.com/press-room/.
SOURCE Otto Radio