Uber moves beyond ride-hailing with car-sharing, more biking

Virginia Carson
April 12, 2018

Jump is a "dockless" bike, which means users can leave them in any bike stand - as opposed to a branded stand - and they'll be disabled until the next user comes along to rent it. After the integration, riders will be able to book a bike via the Uber app. An exact timeline for the fleet expansion is unknown.

Uber is launching a rental vehicle network in partnership with Getaround, the ride-hailing company announced today (April 11). The new Uber app for drivers was tested with 100 driver partners of Uber from Bangalore for the global beta launch before the launch of the stable revamped version. "We share numerous same goals as the 600 cities we serve, and are committed to addressing the same challenges: Reducing individual vehicle ownership, expanding transportation access and helping governments plan future transportation investments".

The company announced it would make aggregated traffic data to help planners in 12 new cities worldwide under its Uber Movement plan, to bring the total to 21.

Biking advocates and transit wonks tend to agree. Uber and Jump already had a relationship.

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Khosrowshahi recently explained that bike sharing is a mode of transportation that is the most affordable for some people. Jump bikes cost $2 per 30-minute ride.

Khosrowshahi announced three partnerships on Wednesday. The press release didn't offer a specific timeframe for the rollout, stating only that Uber customers in San Francisco would have access to the program "soon".

The redesign of Uber driver app was necessary as the new features were being added and the earlier app was not so user-friendly.

Getaround's website says cars are available to rent for as little as $5 per hour, and that auto owners can make up to $10,000 per year offering their vehicle for rent on the service. You'll be able to get an Uber.

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It's part of the company's larger vision. "Now you can take a bike to rent your vehicle and go buy groceries".

It wasn't Uber's first collision in Arizona. Auto owners, you can share your vehicle through the app and get paid. (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 didn't say when this book-and-buy transit rides option would be available in the Uber app. "Our teams spent time on-ground, interacting with partners through group sessions, ride-alongs and in person meetings to gather inputs", Uber Head of Central Operations (India and South Asia) Pradeep Parameswaran said.

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.

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The new app includes a real-time earnings tracker that allows drivers to know how much they earned on their last trip, and track progress toward their goals.

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