Uber is not just for hailing rides anymore

Uber is not just for hailing rides anymore

Uber Rent powered by Getaround will initially roll out in San Francisco.

With Uber's backing, we can probably expect to see JUMP bikes sprout up in other United States cities quickly.

Getaround views its auto rentals as complementing Uber and Lyft's on-demand rides and helping to move Americans away from private vehicle ownership. As part of the partnership, people will be able to purchase bus and rail tickets with the Uber app.

Schaller says this "unsustainable" ride-sharing pattern is occurring in many major cities including Los Angeles and Boston. The bikes are made in NY city while the service operates in San Francisco, and Washington D.C. Future plans include expanding to Sacramento, California and Providence, Rhode Island before the end of the year.

The new program will add more cars to the GetAround fleet than just the existing personal vehicles that owners make available, and make the cars available to anyone with the Uber app in San Francisco. It's too expensive. But now, mom could reserve an electric bike for her commute back home, dad could rent a minivan for his biweekly grocery trip, and the resident teen could order delivery because she hates dad's cooking-all while that weird cousin borrows the actual family auto to go on a camping trip.

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. You'll be able to get an Uber.

The ridesharing giant announced plans to acquire JUMP Bikes this week, according to our sister site Technical.ly Brooklyn. "If this goes on, you'll simply have gridlock".

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Electric bicycles, shared or not, already proved to be a great way to reduce traffic clutter and pollution, while reducing time spent commuting, so the next question that comes is whether Uber is considering adding electric scooters or motorcycles to their line-up. 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.

Capping off a blitz of new features, Uber also announced a partnership with Masabi, a British firm which offers mobile ticketing services for public transport companies.

Uber: It's not just for cars anymore.

Today, Getaround, announced the upcoming launch of Uber Rent powered by Getaround, a carsharing option within the Uber App.

The data is being folded into separate similar information that includes taxicabs and other ride hailing companies.

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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