Uber tries to extend reach, DC users can now rent bikes

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Uber is looking to give people several options for getting around in United States cities.

Uber expands its bike rental program to Washington, DC.

Uber Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said on Wednesday that the ride-sharing company still believes in the prospects for autonomous transport after one of its self-driving vehicles was involved in a fatal crash in Arizona last month.

While Jump bikes are not yet regulated, the electric-pedal company received exclusive permission from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) to kickstart service in the city.

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To be sure, it's unlikely Uber will ever be able to replicate the scale of public transit, even with its many bus-like services like Express Pool. Its ride-hailing service is now in 73 countries worldwide and in 600 cities in the US.

Drivers can also create a profile, which can help riders know more about the driver, including what he does outside of Uber. In the past two years, Uber has exited China, Russia, and parts of East and South Asia. Unlike traditional dockless bikes that can be left on available sidewalks, Jump pedal-assist bikes must be affixed to bike racks using integrated U-locks. These cars are randomly parked around cities and can be rented on the spot.

So far, the program through Getaround has been targeted at Uber drivers who can pay for cars by the hour then pickup fares. Uber Rent will allow users to rent nearby cars from established auto sharing service Getaround right from the Uber app, the companies announced today in a press release.

Uber partner organisations include the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), MP Shah Hospital, emergency services company Flare, auto dealer Toyotsu, Huawei, Techno, Essilor, Kingsway, and Telkom Kenya. "If this goes on, you'll simply have gridlock". There are indications that bike locations will appear on Uber's app.

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Uber was already working with the company through a partnership - users could reserve a JUMP Bike through the Uber app, and it sounds like Uber's plan is to broaden JUMP Bikes offerings in new markets.

Uber is introducing e-bike, auto rental, and public transit tickets to its primary app.

For those familiar with the Transit app, which combines all of the available nearby transit into one convenient dashboard, Uber's suite of announcements Wednesday shows how it essentially aims to become the same one-stop shop.

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