Uber – From Cars to Dockless Bikes, It’s Going Multi-Travel
Uber has come a long way since its testing of driverless cars, and wants to take things further. Anyone using their apps will generally see a map often bristling with cars (sometimes not) available to rent. But the intention is to take that map broader to foster a pro-city relationship with its users and clients.
This change of direction means that users in the future will be able to find available cars, ride-sharing vehicles. These will also include bikes and methods of public transportation such as buses and trains. Uber has also stated that it will be sharing its data to support users with traffic data on its modes of transport.
Uber – Going beyond the car
The ride-sharing company is one step ahead, with its successful acquisition of Jump, a dockless bike-share company. This acquisition makes up one of the numerous partnerships to come from the company in the future. According to Dara Khosrowshahi, the company wants to work with companies in finding more ways to travel.
“As we think about where we want our cities to be in the future, we know we can do more, and we will.”
Uber’s users will be able to hire Jump bikes in regions like Washington DC, which will be expanded on this year. San Francisco has also been the subject of the company’s sharing system, allowing users to rent out their vehicles. The success of either of these projects will see it rolled out on a state-wide and hopefully global level.
Far from battling with public transport, Uber is working in collaboration with it in London. Having recently signed a deal with Masabi, the company behind London’s public transport ticketing. This partnership would allow users to find and buy tickets to any public transport system without needing to be in the station. While in it’s developing phases, it offers a unique streamlining to match the daily demands of city transportation.