Uber Movement looks to make the company's data useful to city planners


Uber conducts its background checks using a startup called Checkr, which also separately announced on Thursday it raised $100 million in new funding.

The Seattle city council is now considering raising the base fare for Uber and Lyft rides, as a way to boost driver pay.

Yet, with less an emphasis on product news and more talk about what Uber is doing to change (and better) itself going forward, the real objective of the morning show interview was clearly meant to reassure shareholders and customers that it has a stable leader at the wheel of company. Today, Uber has updated their service app and it has now added the much needed passenger safety features.

Jahan Khanna, head of product, mobility at Uber, said: "Having a greater variety of transportation modes at your fingertips helps make it increasingly easy to live without a auto".

Chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi presented the plans during a visit to Washington, where he said the ride-hailing pioneer would seek a more diversified model offering various transport options, including auto rentals on a partner peer-to-peer service. Yesterday's announcement includes addressing Washington residents who can now reserve and pay for Jump bikes via Uber's app. As part of the second phase, 12 more cities, including 4 Indian cities, are being added, Uber said in a statement.

Earlier this week, Uber acquired dockless bike-sharing company Jump.

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Stay with us to know more on Uber's new activities on transport for social welfare. The launch of Driver app is a step taken as long term strategy. "We have to solve the issue of vehicle ownership", Khosrowshahi said.

Working with the car-sharing company Getaround, it is expected to start later this month in San Francisco.

Uber, along with all other app-based cab services, has a support team that is always ready to respond to your queries that you might have about the trip and even help you retrieve lost items.

"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. They will be engaging in a new strategic partnership with Masabi, the United Kingdom company best known for their mobile ticketing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based fare collection for public transit.

Uber announced it would be participating in Shared Streets, an effort by the National Association of City Transportation Officials that lets cities get a better grasp of how their streets and curb spaces are being used by taxis, ridesharing companies and transit. Masabi, already provides mobile payment options for public transit systems in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and other cities around the world.