This is expected to save users time, helpful for those who may struggle with spelling, who are still learning to speak their local language, or who are traveling internationally and don't know the word for a given dish.
The example Uber provided for this new feature is the burger emoji — it doesn’t matter what language you speak, an image of a burger conveniently conveys the idea of a burger. The map displays where the user can find restaurants closest to their current location, with symbols that make it clear what kind of food you'll get.
This new addition aside, the Uber Eats app remains the same as always — users can still use ordinary word-based searches if they’re not feeling savvy enough to use their favorite emoji. The app can be used to order food and other goods like alcohol for delivery or pickup.