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Uber Introduces New App for Drivers

Uber Introduces New App for Drivers

Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi revealed the plans during a visit to Washington where he said the ride-hailing pioneer would seek a more diversified model that offers users various transport options including auto rentals on a partner peer-to-peer service.

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

Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said on Wednesday that the ride-sharing company still believes in the prospects for autonomous transport after one of its self-driving vehicles was involved in a fatal crash in Arizona last month.

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.

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

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Uber attested to Jump's utility in its blog post Wednesday, saying the bikes offer a "convenient and environmentally friendly ride that's often faster, especially in dense cities where space is limited and roads can be congested". 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. Regardless, the in-app integration likely means the e-bike service's ridership will only continue to grow in D.C. where it is already among the most popular bike sharing options.

And Uber is now testing rental cars through peer-to-peer car-sharing service Getaround in San Francisco.

These driver partners have also gone on strike on a number of occasions, complaining against reduced incentives and unfriendly policies. Except instead of hopping into the back seat with a driver at the wheel, you're renting someone's auto for a short amount of time. If people can reliably know when a bus will show up, he said, "we think that's going to drive use and ultimately that's going to make it even better to live in a city like this one". You can sign up, reserve, and unlock a auto from the Getaround platform all through the Uber app. "Now you can take a bike to rent your auto and go buy groceries". However, as Uber looks to expands its transportation options it may lure some riders back to mass-transit.

On top of that, Uber users will be able to buy tickets for public transit through the app thanks to a partnership with mobile ticketing service Masabi.

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