Uber's new transit plan: electric bikes, rental cars and subway fares

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Uber Rent: In a deal with an online car-sharing service, Uber users will now have the opportunity to rent cars from private auto owners.

Uber's announcement stunt started earlier this week with the acquisition of leap Bikes, a bikeshare company specializing in electric bicycles.

Kingsway will offer preferential discounts to drivers operating on the Uber app as well as a 30 per cent discount on all service related products.

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 vehicle".

Uber is also expanding Uber Bike by Jump to Washington, DC, following its rollout in San Francisco earlier this year, and new efforts to promote auto sharing. "As we think about a solution for urban mobility for cities, we have to have a solution for auto ownership and we have to work together to make sure that living in a city or living in an urban destination doesn't require you to own a vehicle", he said.

Uber will begin offering peer-to-peer vehicle rentals in San Francisco later this month. "All these cases may seem exceptional, but all these cases are what keep people buying a auto, because in the back of their mind that's the only way they feel comfortable living in a city", he said.

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The organization declared a partnership with Masabi, an public transit mobile startup.

"That's going to include bikes, and that's going to include buses and subways, etc., 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. This new service opens even more doors for your transportation needs; literally.

"We believe these rewards will help drivers have a better driving experience when using the Uber app", said Uber's general manager for East Africa Loic Amado.

Joyce and Khosrowshahi agreed that for Uber to continue to grow, it will need to be an active partner with cities. "We want to be part of the solution".

With millions of GPS-tracked trips comes some fascinating data about how the city moves at different times of the day, week and year.

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