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Uber Launches New App For Its Drivers

12 April, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Kristi Dunn
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Uber is partnering with a variety of companies to offer rental cars and shared bikes in its app, adding more options to the company's signature on-demand rides. "Our teams spent time on-ground, interacting with partners through group sessions, ride-alongs and in person meetings to gather inputs", Uber Head of Central Operations (India and South Asia) Pradeep Parameswaran said. On April 9, the company said it had purchased Jump Bikes, a provider of dockless electric bicycles.

"We have built this app by listening to what they needed and shaped it alongside them - over 100 partners from Bangalore were a part of the global beta launch". The deal, rumored to have been worth over $100 million, means that Uber no owns 12,000 e-bikes spanning 40 cities across six countries, including the US and United Kingdom.

The expansion kicked off earlier this week after Uber announced that it had acquired bike-sharing startup Jump.

Jump won't appear in the traditional carousel of Uber options such as UberPOOL and UberX; Riders can access the Jump map by selecting the "Bike" option in Uber's menu.

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

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Khosrowshahi announced three partnerships on Wednesday. Except instead of hopping into the back seat with a driver at the wheel, you're renting someone's vehicle for a short amount of time. "If this goes on, you'll simply have gridlock".

Uber is hardly the first tech behemoth to lay out its vision for the future of transportation.

Users of the Uber app will now be able to book train or bus tickets in a number of cities.

For those familiar with the Transit app, which combines all of the available nearby transit into one convenient dashboard, Uber's suite of announcements Wednesday shows how it essentially aims to become the same one-stop shop.

The launch came after the "180 days of change" program introduced by Uber a year ago in June for making amendments as per the request of the drivers, like tipping and compensation for the time spent by the drivers while they wait for their passengers.

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