Lost something in a cab? Now Uber connects you with your lost items

a simple addition to the Uber app solves a real worry for passengers

Plenty of people have left things in a cab after getting out.  Heck, I left my suit Jacket in the car which dropped me at the airport before heading to New York.  Fortunately, the driver rang me, and is holding into it for me until I’m back – not as easy for most.

If you took and Uber though, all that might be a thing of the past.

The app can’t remind you to take your things with you – but it can connect you to your lost items after you slap your forehead realising what you’ve done.

And it’s simple. You just open the Uber app, click the Menu, then Help, and report an issue with your trip.

After you then choose “Lost item” you enter your phone number and moments later your phone will ring and you’ve been connected to your driver and can arrange to get your stuff!

A bit of research from Uber shows we’re pretty forgetful people.

What about these crazy things you’d never expect to have left behind:

  • Guitar
  • Smoke Machine
  • Wedding outfit
  • Kite
  • Vacuum
  • Violin

Here’s a full list of the data Uber has on lost and forgotten items!

10 Most Commonly Forgotten Items in Ubers

  1. Phone
  2. Ring
  3. Keys
  4. Wallet
  5. Glasses
  6. Purse
  7. License / ID
  8. Gloves/ Glove
  9. Charger
  10. Sunglasses

45 Most Unique Items Forgotten in Ubers

  1. Paintings
  2. Lobster
  3. Sweet potato care package
  4. Payslip
  5. Guitar
  6. Engagement Ring
  7. Rubber Mallet
  8. School Papers
  9. Chair
  10. Chips
  11. Notary bag
  12. Pool stick
  13. Smoke Machine
  14. Valuable Nordic Walking Poles
  15. Pearl earrings
  16. Wedding outfit
  17. Hard drive
  18. Stroller
  19. Crime & Punishment book
  20. Grill set
  21. Meat packet
  22. Wooden Hat
  23. Lottery ticket
  24. Back massage device
  25. Rose Quartz
  26. Mustard
  27. Bible
  28. Elf cut-out
  29. Tap handle
  30. Expensive slipper
  31. Harry Potter glasses
  32. Salsa Verde
  33. Kite
  34. Cape
  35. Potted plant
  36. Nintendo
  37. Dog Sweater
  38. Contact Lenses
  39. Diary
  40. Tickets
  41. Arm sling
  42. Vacuum
  43. Jewelry Box
  44. Money bag
  45. Violin

Most forgetful Australian cities

  1. Perth
  2. Gold Coast
  3. Adelaide
  4. Melbourne
  5. Brisbane
  6. Sydney
  7. Canberra
  8. Hobart

Most common days to report items as lost:

  1. Sunday
  2. Saturday
  3. Friday
  4. Monday
  5. Thursday
  6. Tuesday
  7. Wednesday

Most forgetful days in 2016

(days items were reported as lost):

  1. October 30
  2. December 11
  3. December 18
  4. December 4
  5. November 20

And if you’re trying to avoid losing something specific, check this out:

  • On Sundays, we see the biggest spike in lost wedding dresses.
  • On Mondays, we see the biggest spike in lost skateboards.
  • On Tuesdays, we see the biggest spike in lost swimsuits.
  • On Wednesdays, we see the biggest spike in lost notebooks.
  • On Thursdays, we see the biggest spike in lost suitcases.
  • On Fridays, we see the biggest spike in lost briefcases.
  • On Saturdays, we see the biggest spike in lost plane tickets.

So, take the time to check your pockets, check the boot and make sure you’ve got everything with you!

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Trevor produces two of the most popular technology podcasts in Australia, Your Tech Life and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He has a weekly radio show on 2UE, as well as appearances across the country and regularly provides Technology Commentary to Channel 9’s Today Show and A Current Affair. Father of three, he is often found down in his Man Cave. Like this post? Buy Trev a drink!
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