Uber is looking to give people several options for getting around in USA cities.
Uber is becoming more than just an app to hail a ride.
San Francisco-based Getaround lets users find and instantly book vehicles from private auto owners, all through a mobile app. Within the year, riders will be able to buy and use tickets from within Uber's app, too. Its ride-hailing service is now in 73 countries worldwide and in 600 cities in the US. Earlier this week Uber announced a partnership with bike-share company JUMP, allowing users to rent bikes via the Uber app. Uber has been piloting the JUMP bikes in San Francisco and today announced it will expand the program to Washington, D.C.
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Khosrowshahi said the company is aiding the National Transportation Safety Board in its investigation on why Uber's vehicle never noticed a woman crossing the street with her bicycle.
Another partnership is with on-demand auto rental service Getaround. "Now you can take a bike to rent your auto and go buy groceries".
The ridesharing giant announced plans to acquire JUMP Bikes this week, according to our sister site Technical.ly Brooklyn. (Some have questioned such models, arguing that autonomous vehicles take up just as much space as private, manually operated cars - and cheap, driverless rides would only induce more congestion).
Uber has signed a partnership agreement with Masabi, a transit ticketing firm that has contracts with transit agencies in NY and Boston, among others.
The data is being folded into separate similar information that includes taxicabs and other ride hailing companies. Dubbed Uber Rent, app users will soon be able to rent cars for a short time thanks to the firm's new partnership with car-sharing startup Getaround.
For those familiar with the Transit app, which combines all of the available nearby transit into one convenient dashboard, Uber's suite of announcements Wednesday shows how it essentially aims to become the same one-stop shop.