Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Uber will now help you rent a stranger's vehicle

Uber will now help you rent a stranger's vehicle

Uber has been busy lately, and today the news comes down that Uber has teamed with car-sharing service Getaround to produce Uber Rent.

The ride-hailing app company launched four new initiatives at an event in Washington, DC, and also discussed its acquisition of dockless electric bike-sharing company Jump, announced earlier this week. The auto renting service finds and unlocks cars that are listed in the app for rent.

Jahan Khanna, head of product, mobility at Uber, said: "Having a greater variety of transportation modes at your fingertips helps make it increasingly easy to live without a auto. 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.

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Uber also announced a partnership with Masabi, which offers mobile ticketing services for public transport, to let customers book and use tickets for train, bus and ferry services in the app.

"Uber values driver-partners and we are always looking to enhance their experience while saving on their costs, in order for them to make the most from their small businesses".

The nine companies the ride-sharing firm signed deals with are the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), MP Shah Hospital, an emergency services firm Flare, the vehicle dealer Toyotsu, Huawei, Techno, Essilor, Kingsway, and Telkom Kenya.

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The partnership with Getaround will be dubbed "Uber Rent", and will be piloted in San Francisco before a wider roll-out. Jump CEO Ryan Rzepecki said the collaboration, known as Uber Bike, will help Jump "be part of a multi-global platform that includes car-share, public transit, biking and shared rides".

Joyce and Khosrowshahi agreed that for Uber to continue to grow, it will need to be an active partner with cities.

"Autonomy is part of the solution and long term it will be an important part of getting rid of vehicle ownership", he said. "We're excited to move forward with cities".

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