Uber Launches New App For Its Drivers

Uber Introduces New App

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi unveiled Monday that the two companies have reached a deal.

'Having a greater variety of transportation modes at your fingertips helps make it increasingly easy to live without a vehicle, ' said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in a blog post.

With Jump's integration into the Uber app, users can reserve, unlock and pay for the bikes the same way they'd hail a ride.

The expansion kicked off earlier this week after Uber announced that it had acquired bike-sharing startup Jump. Working with SharedStreets and D.C. transportation agencies, Uber will study how different transportation modes are used and how they affect city streets and sidewalks. Uber Bike by Jump, as it is known, is now test in San Francisco allowing users to hire dockless electric bikes directly from the Uber app. 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". "By sharing our aggregated and anonymized trip data, Uber can help inform decisions about how to adapt existing infrastructure and invest in future solutions to make our cities more efficient", said Rob Khazzam, General Manager, Uber Canada, in a press release.

The firm is also expanding its JUMP pedal-assist electric bike rental product to users in Washington, DC.

However, as Uber looks to expands its transportation options it may lure some riders back to mass-transit. Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber's CEO stated: "Our ultimate goal is one we share with cities around the world: making it easier to live without owning a personal auto". The partnership will allow Uber users to book and use transit tickets in the application.

Uber has also partnered with Masabi, which has developed a public transit mobile ticketing platform, that will let Ubr users book and use transit tickets in its app. That service will be offered beginning later this month - but only in San Francisco for now, Uber said.

The company also pledged to share data with cities to bolster mass transit services. Unlike the traditional Uber app you don't have to drive the vehicle, just be willing to have someone else take it out for the day.

Called "Uber Rent" the company said it is launching the new service later this month in San Francisco.

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