The Next Level! Uber Now Offers Car Rentals

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Since Uber got started almost nine years ago, we have conducted criminal and driving record screenings on millions of people. He didn't offer any more details about the Tempe crash, but he insisted that autonomous vehicles would be necessary to reduce auto usage and to make streets safer.

"The combination of the societal norms and then the question of, 'when exactly am I going to get there?' are real friction points that we have had to fight, and that's why we are investing very heavily in this mode of transport", Khosrowshahi said.

Later this month, Uber and Getaround will together provide car-sharing service in San Francisco, with the former launching its new product Uber Rent.

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. That's why the Uber app will soon include a new emergency button that will connect you directly with 911.

Uber is the world's most valuable venture-backed startup, with a valuation of some $70 billion, with Khosrowshahi planning a public share offering in 2019.

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The Seattle city council is now considering raising the base fare for Uber and Lyft rides, as a way to boost driver pay. Earlier this week, Uber announced its acquisition of Jump Bikes, a provider of dockless electric bicycles that will now also be accessible from the Uber app.

The Federal Trade Commission will expand its oversight of Uber following the disclosure of its improper withholding of a 2016 security breach that exposed sensitive data for more than 25 million users. They are even spending millions of dollars for the same.

Uber's new ticketing option will be powered by Masabi's Justride SDK, the first and only mobile ticketing SDK for public transit.

"That's why we want to provide alternatives to personal vehicle ownership by bringing together multiple modes of transportation right in our app", said Jahan Khanna, Head of Product, Mobility at Uber. "We're committed to deepen how we partner with cities and excited about how urban planners and transportation professionals can use this free resource". This lets Uber users buy and use transit tickets via the app. The safety of the ridesharing service has also come into question in the past. But what this deal does do is offer a further example of how integrated multi-stage door-to-door trips, known to some as "Mobility-as-a-Service" ("MaaS") can actually be delivered.

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