Uber Is Adding More Forms Of Transportation To Its App
In a bid to improve its relationship with cities, Uber now seeks to connect users to forms of transportation that cause less traffic
Difficult to regulate and a contributor to worsening traffic conditions, Uber is not always seen favorably by cities. Now, the ridesharing company wants to use its reach and technology to show other available forms of transportation on the Uber app. This includes bike-share programs and public transportation, so people can find alternative means of getting around. Uber recently acquired Jump, an electric bike-share company. Beginning with Washington D.C., Uber will let users reserve and pay for Jump bikes using its app.
Additionally, Uber plans on sharing its immense amount of data on traffic patterns and other mobility data to help cities with urban planning. This includes analyzing curbside data to help government officials figure out how to navigate and manage highly populated pick-up and drop-off areas around Washington. Working with numerous partners, Uber aims to make some changes for the better.
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