Uber's acquisition of Jump and its latest e-bike model is intended to give the rideshare a competitive edge in its market, as companies look to offer additional and eco-friendly modes of transit

Rideshare service Uber is taking strides toward expanding its types of transportation with its acquisition of the communal electric bicycle service Jump. While Uber is not the first ridehail company to invest in bike options, Jump has recently released a new bike model that Uber hopes will give its service an edge.

While most bikes in share programs are simply refurbished models intended for standard street use, the new Jump bikes are sturdier, more durable, tech-compatible versions designed for intuitive, easy use. Uber's Jump bikes will have batteries that are simpler to switch out, which means less time in the shop when the battery dies, and are include a mount for phones so that riders can more easily and safely access the GPS.

The bikes will also be advanced enough to monitor and alert riders to any internal issues thanks to their 4G upgrade, aiming to enable a ride experience that is more “Reliable, since the bike can now self-diagnose its most common failures. And with full connectivity for all on-board vehicle systems, our fleets will be smarter and safer over time, as we use the live diagnostic data from each vehicle to uniquely optimize its performance with algorithms running in our cloud,” reads Uber's press release.

Uber members can find and unlock bikes through the app as they would to access rides. The rideshare company hopes to offer more eco-friendly and alternative methods for customers to reach their destinations, particularly in traffic-clogged cities where its rideshare services are already popular and where biking instead can be a time-saving alternative.

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Rideshare service Uber is taking strides toward expanding its types of transportation with its acquisition of the communal electric bicycle service Jump. While Uber is not the first ridehail company to invest in bike options, Jump has recently released a new bike model that Uber hopes will give its service an edge.

While most bikes in share programs are simply refurbished models intended for standard street use, the new Jump bikes are sturdier, more durable, tech-compatible versions designed for intuitive, easy use. Uber's Jump bikes will have batteries that are simpler to switch out, which means less time in the shop when the battery dies, and are include a mount for phones so that riders can more easily and safely access the GPS.