Uber unveils new app for drivers

Uber unveils new app for drivers

Uber says "we want to be a better partner to city planners and regulators, so we hope this data will help give them valuable insights for the future".

'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.

The deal to acquire Jump Bikes, a bike-sharing startup offering dockless electric bicycles, was announced Monday. The new business direction has been integrated so quickly that e-bike sharing is already present in the Uber App in the areas where it's available. You can sign up, reserve, and unlock a auto from the Getaround platform all through the Uber app.

Update: Khosrowshahi's comments came during a transport forum.

The Uber app is going well beyond taxis - with some users now able to get bikes, rental cars, and public transit tickets, company officials announced Wednesday. The Uber Rent feature, which is in partnership with car-sharing company Getaround, will let users find cars for short-term rentals using the Uber app. Uber Rent will be available later this month.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the company "wants to go beyond cars" in discussing its new service that allows users to reserve, unlock and pay for Jump bikes.

Khosrowshahi spoke on a panel with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, whose administration is pursuing a tax on ride-sharing services to help fund fixes for the city's light rail system.

It is also expanding Uber Bike by JUMP to Washington DC, after the program was being trialed in San Francisco earlier this year.

The deal comes as Uber expands beyond its flagship on-demand rides and into other modes of local transportation. Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber's CEO stated: "Our ultimate goal is one we share with cities around the world: making it easier to live without owning a personal vehicle".

In his blog post, Khosrowshahi writes that updating Uber's app was a logical next step for the company.

The company announced a partnership with Masabi, a public transit mobile ticketing startup. The new service will allow users to rent vehicles through the Uber application. "About 100 JUMP employees will join Uber, the spokeswoman said". 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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