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Auto rental powered by Getaround coming soon to Uber in San Francisco

12 April 2018

With Uber's backing, we can probably expect to see JUMP bikes sprout up in other United States cities quickly.

The moves come as Uber has scaled back its ambitions in another mode of transportation - self-driving cars. Getaround now operates in ten USA cities, including San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, and Los Angeles.

Today, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced that the company would soon allow customers to buy public transit tickets and rent a auto in Uber's app, via a series of partnerships. The company also says a Jump fleet expansion is in the works, allowing the e-bike start-up's local head count to grow from 200 to 400 bikes - the maximum allowed under D.C.'s dockless bike-share pilot. Within the year, riders will be able to buy and use tickets from within Uber's app, too. "We share numerous same goals as the 600 cities we serve, and are committed to addressing the same challenges: Reducing individual auto ownership, expanding transportation access and helping governments plan future transportation investments".

The ridesharing giant announced plans to acquire JUMP Bikes this week, according to our sister site Technical.ly Brooklyn.

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Khosrowshahi was in Washington, D.C.to discuss the company's commitment to expanding ride services in congested cities.

Getaround's vehicle offerings will appear in a side menu in the Uber app. Users will be able to find and unlock an available auto from their phones using wireless technology.

So far, the program through Getaround has been targeted at Uber drivers who can pay for cars by the hour then pickup fares.

Users can "instantly" find privately owned cars that are available for rent in the Uber app, the firm said. "Now you can take a bike to rent your auto and go buy groceries".

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The launch came after the "180 days of change" program introduced by Uber previous year in June for making amendments as per the request of the drivers, like tipping and compensation for the time spent by the drivers while they wait for their passengers. "It is somewhat compelling to be able to get all your transportation through one platform". Also today, Uber announced a partnership with London-based Masabi, a mobile ticketing company that Uber said will help customers book and use public transit tickets directly within the Uber app.

"We're excited to begin our next chapter and to play a significant part in the transition of Uber to a multi-modal platform", he said in a statement.

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Auto rental powered by Getaround coming soon to Uber in San Francisco