Uber Announces Partners for Expansion Into Car Rentals and Public Transport

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi today announced a series of updates and expansions coming to the Uber mobile app, which will provide users with "a great variety of transportation modes" all in one place.

    Uber's new updates include the ability for customers to gain access to bikes, car rentals, and public transportation tickets, all in addition to the app's traditional ride-hailing services.

    To start, today the company is expanding "Uber Bike by JUMP" into Washington, DC, following an initial pilot in San Francisco in January.

    JUMP provides customers with "pedal-assist" electric bicycles to get to their destinations, which Uber says is "often faster" in cities with dense traffic. With the partnership, users can find and book a JUMP bike from within the Uber app.

    Later in April, Uber will launch "Uber Rent powered by Getaround" in San Francisco, allowing users to quickly and easily rent cars from people nearby. Through the integration with Getaround, the rental service's cars will be available "instantly" for rent in the Uber app, with rental periods lasting from hours to days and insurance included, according to Getaround.

    Getaround for iOS

    Lastly, Uber is partnering with Masabi to provide users the ability to book and use transit tickets within the Uber app. Masabi's mobile ticketing services will fuel the new feature in Uber so that customers can "seamlessly combine public transport with other transportation options," like ridesharing or the new bike rentals.

    Ultimately Khosrowshahi called the new series of updates to Uber a "new direction" for the company, hoping that the addition of transportation options within the mobile app will help "make it increasingly easy to live without a car." He continued: "That's why we want to provide alternatives to personal car ownership by bringing together multiple modes of transportation right in our app."

    Uber also provided an update on data sharing and its privacy policies, including a "SharedStreets" pilot that the company says will "respect the need for rider and driver privacy," while still understanding the "competitive landscape of the industry."
    To read more about Uber's updates, check out Khosrowshahi's blog post. Yesterday, the company revealed a revamp of the Uber Driver app with a real-time earnings tracker, Status Bar, enhanced notifications, enhanced Driver Profiles, and more.

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  2. redneckitengineer macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2017
    Live without a car? Might be great in a heavily dense urban downtown but otherwise... nah. Uber should stick to fixing its brand image before trying to expand into more risk. Look up all the videos on YouTube of Turo people renting and trashing others cars. Take a stroll down to Santa Monica, CA where the city is suing the scooter rental company because people are littering the streets with abandoned scooters. Take a stroll to Greenville SC where road legal Vespa looking things can be rented only after taking a training course.
  3. now i see it macrumors 68030

    Jan 2, 2002
    Uber bleeds billion$ per year (4.5B in 2017). They've never made a profit. How long can this go on? I've used uber services several times. Always has been a good experience.
  4. itsmilo macrumors 68020


    Sep 15, 2016
    I wish Uber wasn’t deemed illegal here. I loved using it on my vacation in the US
  5. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005
    I loved driving with Uber... But too bad those Japanese bastards at SoftBank interfered in my country’s e-hailing market and pushed Uber out. Thanks to them now I’m jobless...
  6. Analog Kid macrumors 601

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    This company is irredeemable. Any service that co-brands with Uber shows their willingness to forgive a continuous stream of severely unethical and often criminal behavior in pursuit of profit and thus is forever tainted in my mind.
  7. budselectjr macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2009
    Agreed. We only use Lyft now if we have to.
  8. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005
    You have not experienced a competitor MUCH worst than this...
  9. smarch macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2007
    This is just crazy. Uber is hands down one of the best things.
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    Government is evil.
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    I really don’t like Lyft when compared. It’s fine, but not as fun.
  10. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
    I use Uber (and probably more often Lyft) at least 2-3 times a week. It was a lifesaver for getting to and from the airport and not paying extra for the convenience of parking my car there. I even enjoyed a ride share, where multiple different people used the same uber. It was super duper cheap.

    Business expansion is good for them, but keep at it with ride shares.
  11. Analog Kid macrumors 601

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    I think you're confusing what you find personally convenient in the short term with what is good. Uber is predatory and sociopathic. It's in their DNA.
    Having just reviewed a list of failed states looking for good vacation spots, I have to say I disagree....
    Bear in mind that saying there is someone worse, doesn't actually make Uber any better. I'm not sure what competitor you mean, or what they've done that can compare with the behaviors of Uber, but it would be good if you could share. The best defense against bad businesses is an educated consumer.
  12. ignatius345 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2015
    Oh ok dude. Let me guess, you are also against vaccines and public education, right?

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