Uber expands Spanish-speaking service to New Mexico

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2014, file photo a man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. Uber and Volvo announced, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2016, a $300 million deal for Volvo to provide SUVs to Uber for autonomous vehicle research. Eventually the Volvo SUVs will be part of the self-driving fleet in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Ride-hailing company Uber is extending the option to request a Spanish-speaking driver to New Mexico, the nation’s most Hispanic of states.

The San Francisco-based Uber will announce Monday the launch of uberESPAÑOL in New Mexico at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

This new feature will be available to customers in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces who use the Uber app on a smartphone. The app in those areas will allow riders to request an uberX with a Spanish-speaking driver-partner.

New Mexico is the sixth states to get the specialty service after California, Illinois, Arizona, Texas, and Nevada.

Last week, New Mexico officials announced the return of ride-booking service Lyft after state lawmakers passed a bill allowing services like Lyft and Uber to operate legally in New Mexico.

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