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Uber is launching a rental vehicle service inside its app

12 April, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Shawna Walton
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Khosrowshahi was in Washington, D.C.to discuss the company's commitment to expanding ride services in congested cities.

Uber partner organisations include the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), MP Shah Hospital, emergency services company Flare, auto dealer Toyotsu, Huawei, Techno, Essilor, Kingsway, and Telkom Kenya.

"We have built this app by listening to what they needed and shaped it alongside them - over 100 partners from Bangalore were a part of the global beta launch".

Experts agree that the latest move is part of a larger effort to expand the business beyond the usual ride-hailing service.

Uber announced April 9 that it acquired Jump, an electric "dockless" bike share service.

Uber will also launch Uber Rent, its first car-sharing product, beginning with San Francisco.

And Uber is now testing rental cars through peer-to-peer car-sharing service Getaround in San Francisco.

Jump confirmed that the acquisition would offer Uber customers more modes of transportations which will enable people to have a life without owning a auto.

Beyond the Jump integration, Uber also announced Wednesday it will partner with car-sharing app Getaround to offer auto rentals for riders and drivers within the app.

"In the same way you can rent a bike through Uber, you'll now be able to rent a auto through Uber as well", said Jahan Khanna, Uber's head of product for mobility. If people can reliably know when a bus will show up, he said, "we think that's going to drive use and ultimately that's going to make it even better to live in a city like this one".

If you had chatted up with the driver when you last took your Uber ride, you must have heard him cribbing about how Uber is not remitting their payments and generally have grievances. Last year, a Volvo XC90 from Uber was hit by the driver of another vehicle. "If this goes on, you'll simply have gridlock".

Uber announced plans Wednesday to add mass transit, bike-sharing and other options to its mobile app, as it unveiled a vision for urban transportation integrating options in addition to ridesharing.

The final partnership is with a company called Masabi, which lets people use their smartphones to buy tickets for public transportation.

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