Uber Introduces New App for Drivers

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The company announced a slew of new partnerships this week, including ones for an actual car-sharing service, biking, and now more ways to get around cities.

Uber partner organisations include the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), MP Shah Hospital, emergency services company Flare, vehicle dealer Toyotsu, Huawei, Techno, Essilor, Kingsway, and Telkom Kenya. After the integration, riders will be able to book a bike via the Uber app. Its ride-hailing service is now in 73 countries worldwide and in 600 cities in the US.

The company announced it would make aggregated traffic data to help planners in 12 new cities worldwide under its Uber Movement plan, to bring the total to 21.

"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.

These driver partners have also gone on strike on a number of occasions, complaining against reduced incentives and unfriendly policies.

The redesign of Uber driver app was necessary as the new features were being added and the earlier app was not so user-friendly. These cars are randomly parked around cities and can be rented on the spot.

Uber said it has taken efforts to protect the privacy of riders and drivers and Uber Movement uses only "aggregated, anonymized data and can not be used to access any personally identifiable information".

If you had chatted up with the driver when you last took your Uber ride, you must have heard him cribbing about how Uber is not remitting their payments and generally have grievances.

Bruce Schaller, an urban transportation expert, said there are about 55,000 Uber, Lyft and other ride-sharing drivers in New York City, a metropolis of 8 million people, eight times bigger than San Francisco. "Now you can take a bike to rent your auto and go buy groceries".

This is what the options for a multi-transit trip looks like in the expanded Uber app.

The final partnership is with a company called Masabi, which lets people use their smartphones to buy tickets for public transportation.