Uber launches new revamped Uber Driver app in India

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Uber Introduces New App for Drivers

Uber hopes the move is a step in the right direction, with the company being linked to various controversies recently, which led to the departure of former CEO Travis Kalanick a year ago. The deal, rumored to have been worth over $100 million, means that Uber no owns 12,000 e-bikes spanning 40 cities across six countries, including the US and United Kingdom. JUMP is a dockless electric bike service that has rolled out in San Francisco, where it has a small presence with 250 bikes, and Washington, DC.

Uber said it has taken efforts to protect the privacy of riders and drivers and Uber Movement uses only "aggregated, anonymized data and can not be used to access any personally identifiable information".

And Uber is now testing rental cars through peer-to-peer car-sharing service Getaround in San Francisco. Within the year, riders will be able to buy and use tickets from within Uber's app, too.

The ride-hailing service announced Wednesday that it's expanding its partnerships with several companies that deal with other types of transportation besides auto ownership.

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'We're particularly excited about JUMP Bikes because they can provide a convenient and environmentally friendly ride that's often faster, especially in dense cities where space is limited and roads can be congested, ' Khosrowshahi continued.

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

Uber Rent powered by Getaround enables Uber riders to instantly signup, reserve and unlock cars on the Getaround platform right from the Uber app. You'll be able to get an Uber.

It's also an opportunity for Uber to benefit from transportation transactions that happen off of the company's platform. "If this goes on, you'll simply have gridlock". Uber wants to own a piece of every trip that happens in cities, from e-bikes to public transit - even if it's not an Uber-operated service. Lyft President John Zimmer boldly declared in September 2016 that private auto ownership would be all-but-phased-out by 2025, with those space-hogging, oft-idle vehicles replaced with fleets of roving autonomous vehicles catering to rider needs. The ride-hail company spent much of its early existence fighting off any attempts made by local regulators to gain access to varying degrees of its anonymized data.

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Users of the Uber app will now be able to book train or bus tickets in a number of cities.

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

Uber: It's not just for cars anymore.

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