Uber expands transportation domination

Date: 1 MAY 2018posted by Car Rentaledited by WinX

Uber announced three additional feature in its app, an expanded bike-share service, car rentals, and ticket booking on public transportation. Moving away from just ride-sharing, the app now encompasses all modes of transportation, making it the app for getting around anywhere in any way. It is all part of their plan to reduce the need for individual car ownership while helping cities invest in more transportation options. Uber Bike has already been tested since February 2018, when Uber partnered with JUMP bikes in San Francisco. JUMP bikes are electric, dock-less and came with a GPS and payment system through the app. And three days ago, Uber revealed it had acquired JUMP.

In a press release, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote "we're particularly excited about JUMP Bikes because they can provide a convenient and environmentally friendly ride that's often faster, especially in dense cities where space is limited and roads can be congested." Currently Uber Bike is available in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. with more cities slated for expansion. According to Wired, the base fare starts at $2 per 30 minutes. Uber has partnered with car-sharing company Getaround for their car rental feature. This feature won't be available till later this month and will debut in San Francisco under "Uber Rent." Getaround will have vehicles instantly available for users to book in the app and users can rent fro as long as they are required. There will be no upfront cost, no commitment and insurance and gas will be included in every rental.

Uber's third partnership is with Masabi, an app "turns your mobile phone into both ticket machine and ticket" when using public transportation. This will allow Uber users to book transit tickets. Masabi is already in use for New Yorks MTA, Boston's MBTA and London's Thames Clippers, along 30 other transport operators around the world. While it is unclear when this service will be available or which cities it will launch in, but once it does, it will allow Uber users to book all their transportation needs in one place whether they're traveling or exploring a new city or just looking for a easier way to get around town.

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