Uber Introduces New App for Drivers

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Uber Rent will launch in San Francisco later this month.

"At Uber, we want to bring together multiple modes of transportation right in our app so we can give riders a viable alternative to personal vehicle ownership", said Jahan Khanna, Head of Product, Mobility at Uber. Getaround operates in 10 U.S. cities, including San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, and Los Angeles.

Uber is becoming more than just an app to hail a ride.

So far, the program through Getaround has been targeted at Uber drivers who can pay for cars by the hour then pickup fares.

Khosrowshahi was in Washington, D.C.to discuss the company's commitment to expanding ride services in congested cities. Getaround lets users rent private cars from their owners - often at costs cheaper than auto rental companies - and allows owners to make money on their vehicles when they aren't using them.

Uber has long billed itself as much more than a ride-hailing service.

'Having a greater variety of transportation modes at your fingertips helps make it increasingly easy to live without a vehicle, ' said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in a blog post. Especially with exclusion zones for ICE cars starting to spread around many European capitals and major cities, it doesn't take a marketing PhD to spot lucrative opportunities. "If this goes on, you'll simply have gridlock".

Anyone with the Uber app in D.C. can now use it to rent a JUMP bike, the electric bikes that Uber now owns. He reiterated the company's commitment to autonomous vehicles, saying he believed "very important part of the solution of getting rid of auto ownership".

Uber envisions being able to bring data, on-demand transportation and solving for real-time transportation needs to public transit, Khosrowshahi said. 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.

"We're excited to begin our next chapter and to play a significant part in the transition of Uber to a multi-modal platform", he said in a statement. 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. The second is a deal with Masabi, a British company that provides mobile payment options for public transit systems in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and other cities around the world.

The new Uber driver app will be available for driver partners in Kochi and courier partners in Chennai in India before being rolled out to other cities in a phased manner.

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