Monday, 23 April, 2018

Uber will now help you rent a stranger's auto

Uber is tightening background checks for its drivers. In a blog post CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Uber will run background checks on drivers each year Uber is tightening background checks for its drivers. In a blog post CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Uber will run background checks on drivers each year
Kenneth Drake | 13 April, 2018, 04:02

Uber has been busy lately, and today the news comes down that Uber has teamed with car-sharing service Getaround to produce Uber Rent. The button, which will be available to riders and drivers, will connect the user directly with emergency dispatchers if activated. "With cars available instantly for rent in the Uber app, fewer people will need to store them in garages for those sporadic grocery store runs, daytime adventures, or weekend getaways", she said.

"Helping keep people safe is a huge responsibility, and one we do not take lightly", Khosrowshahi said in a statement.

While the changes are billed as proactive, the announcement effectively represents an admission that Uber has been falling short on passenger safety, as Khosrowshahi attempts to fix the company's tarnished image almost a year after former CEO Travis Kalanick departed.

He added, "We do see this investment in mass transit as an investment that ultimately long term is going to benefit us as well". Getaround is now available in cities like Seattle, DC, Portland, San Francisco and Oakland. Importantly, this feature will show you your real-time location in the app-both on a map and as an address-so you can share it directly with the 911 operator.

"The first thing that we want to do is really change Uber's substance, and the image may follow", he said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Improved driver-screening methods are also part of Uber's safety overhaul.


Uber's announcement spree started earlier this week with the acquisition of Jump Bikes, a bikeshare company specializing in electric bicycles.

Uber has agreed to an expanded settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over claims that the ride-hailing company deceived customers about how it handled their data. That means they require license, registration and insurance, even if state agencies aren't equipped to handle them.

Bowser noted that the ride-hail tax is one piece of a plan that also raises sales and commercial property taxes, while pulling savings from elsewhere in the city budget.

The organization declared a partnership with Masabi, an public transit mobile startup. "We're excited to partner with Masabi to incorporate transit as an option in the Uber app". This could allow users to book public transit trips within the Uber app.

Working with the National Emergency Number Association so that 911 calls from the App are immediately directed to the correct call center, speeding up response time. It now offers detailed information on Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, plus cities in other countries.

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