Uber inks deals with nine firms to offer drivers more benefits

Uber inks deals with nine firms to offer drivers more benefits

"Once we feel solid about the product market fit, we'll be expanding nationally", Uber mobility product head Jahan Khanna said. 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". One is an expansion of Uber Bike by Jump into Washington, DC, which is a bike rental program the company was first piloted in San Francisco earlier this year. In the past two years, Uber has exited China, Russia, and parts of East and South Asia. "We share numerous same goals as the 600 cities we serve, and are committed to addressing the same challenges: Reducing individual auto ownership, expanding transportation access and helping governments plan future transportation investments". 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.

The company just completed a deal to acquire acquired bike-sharing service Jump. Unlike traditional dockless bikes that can be left on available sidewalks, Jump pedal-assist bikes must be affixed to bike racks using integrated U-locks.

So Uber is looking for new ways where it can expand and wean people off owning cars.

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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. "By sharing our aggregated and anonymized trip data, Uber can help inform decisions about how to adapt existing infrastructure and invest in future solutions to make our cities more efficient", said Rob Khazzam, General Manager, Uber Canada, in a press release. "Now you can take a bike to rent your vehicle and go buy groceries".

But if it can create a useful interface for planning and booking so-called "multi-modal" routes, which combine multiple types of transportation - such as an Uber ride to the nearest commuter rail station - it could be a win-win. "It is somewhat compelling to be able to get all your transportation through one platform". It is also partnering with Masabi, a public transit ticketing company, so that commuters can book rides on buses and trains using the Uber app.

But it's an important means of showing good will. Khosrowshahi is trying to tell cities that the Uber of today is a "true partner" - and not the combative, "ask for forgiveness, not permission" startup of the past.

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