Uber Technologies is looking to be Almost a one-stop Transport shopping app, saying on Wednesday it will add new services, including car-sharing and train tickets.
Later this month in San Francisco, the ride-hailing firm will launch Uber Rent in collaboration with Getaround, a peer-to-peer car sharing service that offers privately owned automobiles for lease.
“We’re going beyond cars. We’re about freedom – making liberty available to everyone, everywhere,” Uber Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said at a forum on Wednesday at Washington. “We wish to be part of this solution.”
Uber can also be expanding Uber Bike by Jump to Washington, DC, following its rollout in San Francisco earlier this year, and new attempts to promote car sharing.
Uber is vowing to operate with US cities, which Khosrowshahi noted will observe a rising percentage of the country’s population. The business has at times had a contentious relationship with a few major cities.
He said the company backs lots of transport solutions.
“That’s likely to include bikes, and that’s going to include buses and subways, etc., and we want to be component of the solution,” he stated, adding that Uber is sharing more data with cities to help them handle congestion.
Moving ahead, Uber will likely be less about just booking a car but traveling “from Point A to Point B in the best way” with a variety of transit alternatives, he said.
One big obstacle, he added, is the future of the world’s 1.2 billion vehicles. “We must fix the issue of car possession,” Khosrowshahi explained.
“As an asset class, cars are very ineffective” he added, noting that 95% of their time automobiles sit unused. “We have to work together to make sure that residing in a city… does not require that you have a car.”