Uber has also purchased Jump, after working together on a pilot project in San Francisco, the USA bike-hire firm is now to become a subsidiary of Uber. It's all part of Khosrowshahi's effort to reform Uber's rule-skirting reputation and address valid criticisms about the company's lax approach to safety.
An Uber spokeswoman said the company is pleased with the decision. "We're committed to deepen how we partner with cities and excited about how urban planners and transportation professionals can use this free resource". "You can use your Uber app if you need a auto and you want to drive yourself, if you need a vehicle for an hour, a day", the Uber chief said.
Uber, which launched in 2010, is the most valuable privately held tech startup in the world and provides 15 million rides to users worldwide every day.
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Nevertheless, Khosrowshahi remains optimistic about the future of the program, asserting that "ultimately, self-driving cars will be safer than humans", but that right now, they're more like "student drivers".
Uber also announced a partnership with Masabi, which offers mobile ticketing services for public transport, to let customers book and use tickets for the train, bus and ferry services in the app.
CEO Dara Khosrowshahi declared at an event on Wednesday users are going to be able to rent automobiles via start-up Getaround immediately within the Uber app.
"We are starting a strategy where we are going to double down on Uber becoming more than just a ridesharing company".
Cars will come through car-booking service Getaround, which lets private auto owners rent their cars out to others. The ride-hailing company must also retain certain records from its bug bounty programs regarding vulnerabilities and unauthorized access to consumer data. It now offers detailed information on Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, plus cities in other countries.