Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Uber tries to extend reach, DC users can now rent bikes

Uber bike Uber to acquire self-service bicycle firm
Kenneth Drake | 12 April, 2018, 00:33

Uber also announced it acquired Jump on Monday. Jump bikes cost $2 per 30-minute ride.

Within the year, users should be able to buy and use tickets within Uber's app, Wired reported.

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.

Uber Rent will launch in San Francisco later this month.

Getaround views its auto rentals as complementing Uber and Lyft's on-demand rides and helping to move Americans away from private vehicle ownership. You'll be able to get an Uber.

On April 10, the ride-hailing company announced it is partnering with Carnegie Mellon University's Traffic21 on the project, which gives city planners and the public access to the company's anonymous data - right down to the hour - from millions of Uber trips in 20 cities across the globe.


"Imagine there's a car-sharing network that has cars every half a mile", Khanna said.

Uber is hardly the first tech behemoth to lay out its vision for the future of transportation.

Uber has signed a partnership agreement with Masabi, a transit ticketing firm that has contracts with transit agencies in NY and Boston, among others. Lyft President John Zimmer boldly declared in September 2016 that private auto ownership would be all-but-phased-out by 2025, with those space-hogging, oft-idle vehicles replaced with fleets of roving autonomous vehicles catering to rider needs.

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. In doing so, we will show that Uber is not just a really great product, but a really great company that is meaningfully contributing to society, beyond its business and its bottom line. The service will also include integration of transit maps and schedule information in select cities.The company did not say which cities.

Uber was already working with the company through a partnership - users could reserve a JUMP Bike through the Uber app, and it sounds like Uber's plan is to broaden JUMP Bikes offerings in new markets.

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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