Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

Uber app to offer public transport tickets

Uber app to offer public transport tickets

Uber said on 11 April it plans to add mass transit, bike-sharing and other options to its mobile app, as it unveiled a vision for urban transport that goes well beyond its core ridesharing offer.

Earlier this week, Uber acquired dockless bike-sharing company Jump.

Khosrowshahi said the Uber app would start including locations for electric bikes from its newly acquired bike-sharing group Jump, which now operates in Washington and San Francisco.

Not all trips are well-serviced by Uber. And we're chipping away at that piece by piece, and this is an important aspect of that.

Kingsway will offer preferential discounts to drivers operating on the Uber app as well as a 30 per cent discount on all service related products. These include Boston, Portland, New Jersey and Washington.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Uber had agreed to expand its proposed settlement with the agency over charges it deceived consumers about its privacy and data security practices.

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Several recent studies suggest that Uber and its competitors create more congestion, rather than reducing it, in cities. Uber said that it is committed to providing further links to public transit. They will be engaging in a new strategic partnership with Masabi, the United Kingdom company best known for their mobile ticketing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based fare collection for public transit. The companies are presently working on which markets to spread their services across.

"More and more, Uber is not just going to be just about taking a auto, but is about moving from point A to point B in the best way", Khosrowshahi told an event in the newly launched Uber driver center in the United States capital. You can share your driver details with your friends or relatives before your cab arrives and always remember that the cab you are boarding should be a commercial vehicle which means it should have a "Yellow" registration plate. Currently, the feature has been rolled out to Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad.

Uber is as well partnering with Washington and SharedStreets for compiling and analyzing data of curb usage in the city.

Cab aggregator Uber today launched Movement in India, a free tool that can help support urban planning and data-driven policy making. "Uber is going to invest more specifically in modes that are not just ride-hailing".

Although Uber seems to be okay with the tax, customers are mixed over it. It is our honest hope that things get right ticks for the convenient ventures the company is working on.

"We are having to discount very aggressively, much more so than you would think, shared ride and Express Pool rides to get people to want to try this new mode of transportation", Khosrowshahi said.

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