Uber's new transit plan: electric bikes, rental cars and subway fares

13 April, 2018, 04:03 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
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Uber Kenya has signed partnership deals with nine firms in a move meant to make vital services quickly available to its partners and drivers.

"We take the responsibility of keeping our users safe very seriously".

Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber ( @dkhos ) writing this week around these announcements: "Having a greater variety of transportation modes at your fingertips helps make it increasingly easy to live without a auto". As part of the second phase, 12 more cities, including 4 Indian cities, are being added, Uber said in a statement. In San Francisco, where almost half of Uber rides taken during rush hour are now shared, the company at one point was spending $1 million a week on discounts, BuzzFeed reported previous year.

The company is launching a new vehicle rental service on its app, giving Uber's users access to a auto for short needs like a daytime field trip or picking up groceries.

The ride-hailing company also said it's improving how it screens drivers; it'll conduct annual background checks and receive automatic notifications when a driver commits a criminal offense, like drunken driving.

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We're investing hundreds of millions of dollars a year in our Express Pool product, and what we're finding is that there are these societal norms that we have to battle.

Bowser noted that the ride-hail tax is one piece of a plan that also raises sales and commercial property taxes, while pulling savings from elsewhere in the city budget.

The mobility company will add an emergency 911 feature akin to a "panic button" - a type of enhanced 911 that connects passengers directly with emergency personnel, and allows them to share their location with the operator. This can allow users to reserve public transit trips within the Uber app. The service will also include integration of transit maps and schedule information in selected cities. If there is no internet connectivity, if you ever feel you're in an emergency situation, you should call 100 immediately. "We're excited to partner with Masabi to incorporate transit as an option in the Uber app".

Shared rides are central to Uber's vision for its future, in part because Pool in theory should improve margins on rides by putting more people into each vehicle. This makes it easier than ever to share your trip, so loved ones can follow along and know when you've arrived.

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