More Moves Made! Uber Acquires The Bike-Sharing Service Jump

With bikes transit Uber unveils new vision of urban transport

The deal comes as Uber expands beyond its flagship on-demand rides and into other modes of local transportation. 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.

'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. One is an expansion of Uber Bike by Jump into Washington, DC, which is a bike rental program the company was first piloted in San Francisco earlier this year.

That's why we're today launching Uber Movement in Toronto - a free tool which uses Uber's anonymised data from millions of trips to help urban planners make decisions about their city. Its ride-hailing service is now in 73 countries worldwide and in 600 cities in the US.

The announcement closely follows the firm's announcement on Monday that it had agreed to buy dockless bike-share startup JUMP. The new Uber app for drivers was tested with 100 driver partners of Uber from Bangalore for the global beta launch before the launch of the stable revamped version. Upon completion, users can then lock the bike to any public rack in the designated zone shown on the app's map.

"In the same way you can rent a bike through Uber, you'll now be able to rent a auto through Uber as well", said Jahan Khanna, Uber's head of product for mobility.

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Getaround's vehicle offerings will appear in a side menu in the Uber app. Users will be able to find and unlock an available auto from their phones using wireless technology.

And Uber is now testing rental cars through peer-to-peer car-sharing service Getaround in San Francisco. "Now you can take a bike to rent your vehicle and go buy groceries".

"Our mission is to empower people to carshare everywhere, and we're making that possible by providing more people with access to carsharing through the apps they already use", said Sam Zaid, Getaround Founder and CEO. "It is somewhat compelling to be able to get all your transportation through one platform".

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced the changes in a blog post Wednesday titled "Moving Forward Together with Cities". 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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