Uber wants to do it all: shared ride, carpool, train tickets


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc. [UBER.UL] aims to be a virtually one-stop transportation shopping app, and said on Wednesday it will add new services, including carpooling and train tickets.

PHOTO OF THE ARCHIVE: The Uber logo is shown during the presentation of its new security measures in Mexico City, Mexico, on April 10, 2018. REUTERS / Ginnette Riquelme

Later this month in San Francisco, the company launching Uber Rent in collaboration with Getaround, an interchange service between individuals that offers privately owned car rentals.

"We're going beyond cars, we're talking about mobility: making mobility available to everyone, anywhere," Uber executive director Dara Khosrowshahi said at a forum in Washington on Wednesday. "We want to be part of the solution."

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

Uber is also expanding Uber Bike by JUMP to Washington, D.C., after its launch in San Francisco earlier this year, and new efforts to promote carpooling.

Uber promises to work with the cities of the USA. UU., What Khosrowshahi noticed will see a growing percentage of the country's population. The company has sometimes had a troubled relationship with some major cities.

FILE PHOTO: Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber Technologies, speaks to the media in New Delhi, India, on February 22, 2018. REUTERS / Saumya Khandelwal

He said the company supports various media Transportation solutions.

"That will include bicycles, and that will include buses and subway, etc., and we want to be part of the solution," he said, adding that Uber is sharing more data with cities to help them manage congestion.

In the future, Uber will focus less on booking a car, but traveling "from Point A to Point B in the best way" with a variety of transit options, he said.

A great challenge, he added, is the future of the 1.2 billion vehicles in the world. "We have to solve the problem of car ownership," Khosrowshahi said.

"As a clbad of badets, cars are very inefficient," he added, noting that 95 percent of the time cars are not used. "We have to work together to make sure that living in a city … does not require you to have a car."

Report of Sonam Rai in Bangalore and David Shepardson in Washington; Edition by Bernard Orr and Leslie Adler


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