Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Uber Launches New App For Its Drivers

Uber Launches New App For Its Drivers

Called "Uber Rent" the company said it is launching the new service later this month in San Francisco. "You share a auto with someone, and it kind of feels a little weird", noting how people don't know if it's socially acceptable to work, chat or say nothing at all.

Starting today, Uber users in Washington will be able to book dockless Jump bikes directly through the app.

'Having a greater variety of transportation modes at your fingertips helps make it increasingly easy to live without a vehicle, ' said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in a blog post.

Chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi presented the plans during a visit to Washington, where he said the ride-hailing pioneer would seek a more diversified model offering various transport options, including auto rentals on a partner peer-to-peer service.

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Getaround launched its on-demand car-sharing service in 2013, and has so far attracted half a million users, majority renters.

This is what the options for a multi-transit trip looks like in the expanded Uber app. Making it easier for people to take multimodal journeys using shared private and public transit options together will help provide a real alternative to private auto ownership. "We have to work together to make sure that living in a city. doesn't require you to own a auto". Uber Rent will be introduced in San Francisco later this month, with a wider US rollout expected throughout the year.

He said that Uber considers self-driving vehicles "part of the solution" and a long-term key to eliminating auto ownership by individuals. In January, Uber launched a pilot to allow users to book rides on Jump's bikes in San Francisco in its app. The company announced its acquisition of JUMP, an electric bike rental service, on Monday. A range of vehicle types will be available for users, and cars can be rented for as short as an hour or for days. For comparison, just 1,500 taxi medallions were given out in San Francisco in 2016, according to the city's Treasurer & Tax Collector.

Uber plans to add more of the bikes soon in the Washington area, for a total of around 400.

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The company's interest in investing in bike sharing and public transit should not be interpreted as a move away from self-driving cars, he added. Currently, Masabi operates mobile-ticketing platforms for rail or bus systems in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Denver, among other places.

Uber has partnered with Getaround for its upcoming "Uber Rent" service which will allow riders to request a auto rental instead of a ride from an Uber driver.

Working with SharedStreets and D.C. transportation agencies, Uber will study how different transportation modes are used and how they affect city streets and sidewalks.

Arizona had been a key hub for Uber's autonomous project, with about half of the company's 200 self-driving cars and a staff of hundreds.

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