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Uber says "we want to be a better partner to city planners and regulators, so we hope this data will help give them valuable insights for the future".

Uber earlier this week announced its acquisition of dockless bike-sharing service Jump.

Today, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced that the company would soon allow customers to buy public transit tickets and rent a vehicle in Uber's app, via a series of partnerships.

While Jump bikes are not yet regulated, the electric-pedal company received exclusive permission from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) to kickstart service in the city.

A 23-year-old California man is suing Uber after losing both of his legs in a traffic accident that allegedly happened while he helping one of their drivers push his stalled vehicle off a highway. "We share numerous same goals as the 600 cities we serve, and are committed to addressing the same challenges: Reducing individual vehicle ownership, expanding transportation access and helping governments plan future transportation investments".

Anyone with the Uber app in D.C. can now use it to rent a JUMP bike, the electric bikes that Uber now owns. Upon completion, users can then lock the bike to any public rack in the designated zone shown on the app's map. The bikes are made in NY city while the service operates in San Francisco, and Washington D.C. Future plans include expanding to Sacramento, California and Providence, Rhode Island before the end of the year.




Getaround's vehicle offerings will appear in a side menu in the Uber app. Users will be able to find and unlock an available auto from their phones using wireless technology.

Called "Uber Rent" the company said it is launching the new service later this month in San Francisco. "Now you can take a bike to rent your auto and go buy groceries".

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". You'll be able to get an Uber. However, as Uber looks to expands its transportation options it may lure some riders back to mass-transit.

Capping off a blitz of new features, Uber also announced a partnership with Masabi, a British firm which offers mobile ticketing services for public transport companies.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced the changes in a blog post Wednesday titled "Moving Forward Together with Cities".

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