Uber said it's trying to make it easier for people who live in cities but don't own a vehicle.
Getaround's vehicle offerings will appear in a side menu in the Uber app. Users will be able to find and unlock an available auto from their phones using wireless technology. That service will be offered beginning later this month - but only in San Francisco for now, Uber said.
And Uber is now testing rental cars through peer-to-peer car-sharing service Getaround in San Francisco.
It is also expanding Uber Bike by JUMP to Washington DC, after the program was being trialed in San Francisco earlier this year. "We share numerous same goals as the 600 cities we serve, and are committed to addressing the same challenges: Reducing individual vehicle ownership, expanding transportation access and helping governments plan future transportation investments".
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"We see the Uber app as moving from just being about auto sharing and vehicle hailing to really helping the consumer get from A to B in the most affordable, most dependable, most convenient way, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told Techcrunch, which reported that the deal was worth close to $200 million".
Khosrowshahi said the company is aiding the National Transportation Safety Board in its investigation on why Uber's auto never noticed a woman crossing the street with her bicycle. "If this goes on, you'll simply have gridlock". Uber also announced it acquired Jump on Monday. You'll be able to get an Uber. MasterCard already works with Masabi to bring mobile ticketing to commutes and transit trips. 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.
Users of the Uber app will now be able to book train or bus tickets in a number of cities. 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 data is being folded into separate similar information that includes taxicabs and other ride hailing companies.
Khosrowshahi announced three partnerships on Wednesday.