The nine companies the ride-sharing firm signed deals with are the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), MP Shah Hospital, an emergency services firm Flare, the auto dealer Toyotsu, Huawei, Techno, Essilor, Kingsway, and Telkom Kenya. It's been a busy week for Uber, who have also announced the extension of Uber Bike (booking of pedal-assist electric bike directly from the Uber app) pilot from San Francisco into Washington DC and the launch of Uber Rent (a vehicle rental programme, also done through the Uber app).
"Helping keep people safe is a huge responsibility, and one we do not take lightly", Khosrowshahi said in a statement. That's why we want to provide alternatives to personal auto ownership by bringing together multiple modes of transportation right in our app. The feature is now available only for riders, but Uber plans to launch it soon for drivers as well.
First, the new feature is alert feature which lets you add a few contacts whom you can trust.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Uber had agreed to expand its proposed settlement with the agency over charges it deceived consumers about its privacy and data security practices.
Uber has been criticized for what regulators have seen as relaxed driver screening standards.
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Earlier this week, Uber acquired dockless bike-sharing company Jump.
"That's going to include bikes, and that's going to include buses and subways and we want to be a part of the solution", he said, adding that Uber is sharing more data with cities to help them manage congestion.
And in another example of how the company is fashioning itself into an all-inclusive app, it announced a partnership with the transit ticketing service Masabi.
"This represents the beginning of a sustained investment on behalf of Uber into making mass transit and public transit real first-class services", Khanna said. This could allow users to book public transit trips within the Uber app. If there is no internet connectivity, if you ever feel you're in an emergency situation, you should call 100 immediately. "We're committed to deepen how we partner with cities and excited about how urban planners and transportation professionals can use this free resource". GetAround installs electronic locks in the vehicles, so that renters can access the cars with their smartphones. 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.