Vehicle rental powered by Getaround coming soon to Uber in San Francisco

Vehicle rental powered by Getaround coming soon to Uber in San Francisco

"We listened closely to thousands of drivers and from their feedback we were able to identify the benefits they mostly want access to, and so Uber Rewards was developed", said Emmah Mutunga, Greenlight Hub manager for Uber in Kenya. JUMP is a dockless electric bike service that has rolled out in San Francisco, where it has a small presence with 250 bikes, and Washington, DC. They could all do it without leaving the Uber app. Call it ...

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

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is expected to appear on a panel with D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser here on Wednesday to announce the Jump integration news, along with two other new initiatives, and illustrate the company's vision for the "Future of Mobility", in a discussion that includes Harvard Kennedy School professor Stephen Goldsmith and moderator Robert Puentes, president of the nonprofit Eno Center for Transportation.

Another partnership is with on-demand vehicle rental service Getaround. Getaround sees its vehicle rentals, which can be booked by the hour or the day, as complementing Uber and Lyft's on-demand rides and helping to move Americans away from private auto ownership.

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"So we are having to discount very aggressively, much more than you'd think", Khosrowshahi said, to get people to share rides.

"In the same way you can rent a bike through Uber, you'll now be able to rent a vehicle through Uber as well", said Jahan Khanna, Uber's head of product for mobility. "Now you can take a bike to rent your auto and go buy groceries". This also contributes to producing less #bikelitter, as a Jump Bikes official hashtag describes what is left over at docking stations. You'll be able to get an Uber. 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.

Uber: It's not just for cars anymore.

This is what the options for a multi-transit trip looks like in the expanded Uber app.

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Uber envisions being able to bring data, on-demand transportation and solving for real-time transportation needs to public transit, Khosrowshahi said. The ride-hail company spent much of its early existence fighting off any attempts made by local regulators to gain access to varying degrees of its anonymized data.

Soon, customers will be able to buy public transit tickets in the Uber app in 12 cities like NY (commuter rail), Los Angeles and New Orleans through a deal with online ticketing platform Masabi.

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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