Uber, the giant ride-hailing platform, has brought in London's public transportation information into their app. The company's Chief Executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, wants Uber to become a platform for varying kinds of mobility.
The ride-hailing app will show users in London the fastest and cheapest way to get between destinations using the London Underground and buses, in addition to private hire cars. The move comes as Uber courts investors ahead of its initial public offering next month, with promises to become a one-stop shop for transport.
Uber’s roadshow reached London this week as it sought to win over investors in the City during an invitation-only lunch in the ballroom of Claridge’s, according to a person familiar with the matter. “We’re excited to now provide live transit information in the Uber app,” said Jamie Heywood, Uber’s regional general manager for northern and eastern Europe.
“Over time, it’s our goal to help people replace their car with their phone by offering a range of mobility options — whether cars, bikes or public transport — all in the Uber app.”
Transport for London has a publicly available interface for accessing data and several other companies, including venture-backed start-up Citymapper, already use the information to share real-time travel information in London.
TfL said: “Our data are open to everyone, with more than 675 mobile phone and online apps already powered by our feeds.”
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