Uber Adds Car Rentals, Bikes, Buses, and Trains to App

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Uber has been blamed for increasing traffic and gridlock as thousands of Uber drivers enter city centers each day looking for riders.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced the changes in a blog post Wednesday titled "Moving Forward Together with Cities".

And it wants to prime its user base by providing access to multiple means of transportation that meet a variety of needs that makes it easier to ditch their cars.

The announcement closely follows the firm's announcement on Monday that it had agreed to buy dockless bike-share startup JUMP.

The expansion kicked off earlier this week after Uber announced that it had acquired bike-sharing startup Jump.

Users can tap the "bike" option on the app's menu, which then allows them to see nearby available bikes and reserve one.

Update: Khosrowshahi's comments came during a transport forum.

And Uber is now testing rental cars through peer-to-peer car-sharing service Getaround in San Francisco. It's too expensive. But now, mom could reserve an electric bike for her commute back home, dad could rent a minivan for his biweekly grocery trip, and the resident teen could order delivery because she hates dad's cooking-all while that weird cousin borrows the actual family vehicle to go on a camping trip.

With Uber's self-driving auto plans stalled after a fatal accident in Arizona, the company continues to look for new ways to integrate its mobility services under the leadership of its new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who was brought in to salvage Uber's tarnished image. Uber Movement will now be available in 12 more cities: Amsterdam, Bangalore, Brisbane, Cairo, Hyderabad, Melbourne, Mumbai, Nairobi, New Delhi, Perth, Pittsburgh, and Toronto. The Uber Movement website launched previous year. Last June, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera released information for the first time about the number of Uber and Lyft drivers estimated that 45,000 are working in the city.

"We are having to discount very aggressively, much more so than you would think, shared ride and Express Pool rides to get people to want to try this new mode of transportation", Khosrowshahi said.

Khosrowshahi took the helm at Uber in August after co-founder Travis Kalanick was forced out over a series of scandals and missteps, as well as allegations of unethical competition and a toxic work environment. "About 100 JUMP employees will join Uber, the spokeswoman said". The partnership will allow Uber users to book and use transit tickets in the application.

Uber is moving way beyond just ordering a vehicle.

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