Uber is Launching a Car Rental Service Right From its App

Uber is Launching a Car Rental Service Right From its App

Bruce Schaller, an urban transportation expert, said there are about 55,000 Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing drivers in New York City, a metropolis of 8 million people, eight times bigger than San Francisco.

This move expands the modes of transportation that Uber offers its users, providing a unique way to explore the streets as well.

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.

While Jump bikes are not yet regulated, the electric-pedal company received exclusive permission from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) to kickstart service in the city.

According to Uber, the app, which is still in Beta version is one among many initiatives the company plans to take, as part of what it calls "180 days of change".

Schaller says this "unsustainable" ride-sharing pattern is occurring in many major cities including Los Angeles and Boston.

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At a future of mobility event in Washington D.C. today, Khosrowshahi announced Uber's foray into vehicle rentals, shared bikes in D.C. and public transportation. On April 9, the company said it had purchased Jump Bikes, a provider of dockless electric bicycles. Upon completion, users can then lock the bike to any public rack in the designated zone shown on the app's map.

San Francisco-based Getaround lets users find and instantly book vehicles from private auto owners, all through a mobile app.

Uber Rent powered by Getaround enables Uber riders to instantly signup, reserve and unlock cars on the Getaround platform right from the Uber app.

Getaround's offerings will appear through a side menu in the Uber app. Users will be able to find and unlock an available vehicle from their phones using wireless technology. "It is somewhat compelling to be able to get all your transportation through one platform".

Except beyond just providing information on all the available mobility services, Uber wants to equip passengers to use each of them through its app. "If this goes on, you'll simply have gridlock".

Today, Getaround, announced the upcoming launch of Uber Rent powered by Getaround, a carsharing option within the Uber App. It is also partnering with Masabi, a public transit ticketing company, so that commuters can book rides on buses and trains using the Uber app.

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