April 26, 2018

Uber app to offer public transport tickets

12 April 2018, 07:22 | Brandon Parsons

NEWS Uber adds more safety features for riders Uber announced on Thursday its adding more safety features

          Uber adds more safety features for riders        Uber announced on Thursday its adding more safety features

Uber is also expanding Uber Bike by Jump to Washington, DC, following its rollout in San Francisco earlier this year, and new efforts to promote auto sharing.

"We listened closely to thousands of drivers and from their feedback we were able to identify the benefits they mostly want access to, and so Uber Rewards was developed", said Emmah Mutunga, Greenlight Hub manager for Uber in Kenya.

"We're going beyond cars". Perhaps Uber's customers won't be charioted by a self-driving sedan, but the company sees Uber as a complete solution - from home to the office, to drinks out with friends after work, and back.

Uber Technologies is looking to be virtually a one-stop transportation shopping app, saying on Wednesday it will add new services, including car-sharing and train tickets.

Masabi has partnerships with transit systems in Boston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and NY, as well as train and transit operators in Europe.

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 vehicle".

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Chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi presented the plans during a visit to Washington, where he said the ride-hailing pioneer would seek a more diversified model offering various transport options, including vehicle rentals on a partner peer-to-peer service.

At the event, Khosrowshahi was asked about the self-driving Uber vehicle crash in Tempe, Arizona, that struck and killed a pedestrian in May. "We want to be part of the solution".

At the event, the company announced it would make aggregated traffic data to help planners in 12 new cities worldwide under its Uber Movement plan, to bring the total to 21.

The string of safety measures is an attempt by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who took the top job in August last year, to refurbish Uber's image and put several scandals behind the company following eight years of former CEO Travis Kalanick's pugnacious leadership.

Rescue by Flare Emergency Response will offer free first aid trainings to Uber drivers on a monthly basis while drivers visiting MP-Shah Hospital desk will receive regular free medical checkups.

This news comes on the heels of Uber's acquisition of the bike-share company Jump.

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