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Uber launches new safety features for US riders

Uber launches new safety features for US riders

The service is expected to begin in San Francisco with future plans to expand to more cities.

"We are about mobility - making mobility available to everyone, everywhere", Uber Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi said at a forum on Wednesday in Washington. That's why we want to provide alternatives to personal auto ownership by bringing together multiple modes of transportation right in our app.

Jahan Khanna, Head of Product for Mobility at Uber, said it is ideal for city dwellers who want to make small trips like to the grocery store or to pick up relatives.

Uber also announced a partnership with Masabi, which offers mobile ticketing services for public transport, to let customers book and use tickets for train, bus and ferry services in the app.

Uber also announced a partnership with the peer-to-peer car-sharing service Getaround to allow users to rent vehicles from individual owners, with a launch planned later this month in San Francisco.

"Uber values driver-partners and we are always looking to enhance their experience while saving on their costs, in order for them to make the most from their small businesses".


"Autonomy is part of the solution and long term it will be an important part of getting rid of auto ownership", he said. That stopped, at least temporarily, on March 18 when one of Uber's self-driving Volvos was involved in a fatal crash that took the life of Elaine Herzberg, 49, in Tempe, Arizona.

Khosrowshahi said the new plans would help Uber offer solutions for an increasingly urban world population and reduce the need for auto ownership.

Uber is the world's most valuable venture-backed startup, with a valuation of some $70 billion, with Khosrowshahi planning a public share offering in 2019.

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

Rescue by Flare Emergency Response will offer free first aid trainings to Uber drivers on a monthly basis while drivers visiting MP-Shah Hospital desk will receive regular free medical checkups.

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