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As a start, today we're excited to share a series of product updates that give riders more ways to get around without needing a auto, and new ways we're collaborating with cities.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi unveiled Monday that the two companies have reached a deal. "We're excited to partner with Masabi to incorporate transit as an option in the Uber app". The service will appropriately be called Uber Bike.

JUMP was one of a dozen vendors to present a plan to the city. You can sign up, reserve, and unlock a auto from the Getaround platform all through the Uber app.

"What we want to make sure is that you're not taxing one form of shared transportation for another form of shared transportation", Khosrowshahi said. The Uber Rent feature, which is in partnership with car-sharing company Getaround, will let users find cars for short-term rentals using the Uber app. Uber Rent will be available later this month. 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 auto to go on a camping trip.

"We believe in it", he said, adding that Uber considered autonomous vehicles "part of the solution" and in the long-term key to eliminating individual auto ownership.

Khosrowshahi spoke on a panel with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, whose administration is pursuing a tax on ride-sharing services to help fund fixes for the city's light rail system.

Khosrowshahi said the Uber app would start including locations for electric bikes from its newly acquired bike-sharing group Jump, which now operates in Washington and San Francisco.

A 49-year-old woman was killed after being hit by an Uber self-driving sports utility vehicle while walking across a street in Phoenix, leading the company to suspend testing of autonomous vehicles.

"If you really want to provide something that can replace the vehicle in people's lives, you want to have more than ride-sharing", says Andrew Salzberg, Uber's transportation policy chief. Uber Rent will be introduced in San Francisco later this month, with a wider USA rollout expected throughout the year.

Uber is also partnering with Masabi, a company that allows riders to buy train, subway and bus tickets through the app. We're looking forward to building on what we learn from working with DC to support data partnerships in other cities using SharedStreets data standards.

The upcoming service is part of Uber's push to become a hub for all your transportation needs.

What employees said in written complaints and interviews "wasn't almost as powerful as I thought it would be", said Jahan Sagafi, who represents two female Uber engineers who are seeking approval of a US$10 million class-action settlement.

Uber drivers are not like regular employees rather they are independent contractors and have no paid sick leaves or vacations and have to pay for their vehicle maintenance and other costs by themselves.



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