Uber is going to bring their food delivery platform together with their ride-hailing platform as they continue to improve their environmental impact and start up new features alongside new partnerships.
There is a particular focus on micromobility: bikes and scooters will be displayed on the map inside the ride-hailing giant’s app in 28 cities to make it easier for users to view their options. The company is also expanding its in-app Transit option to include San Francisco, Mexico City and Paris.
New Uber Jump bikes and scooters will come with batteries which can be swapped on the go via a Jump charging kiosk. These bikes, scooters and charging infrastructure will be available in ‘select cities’ next year.
For ride-sharing safety, passengers can use the app to provide a four-digit PIN number to the driver to make sure they are in the correct car before starting their journey. Meanwhile, the On-Trip reporting feature now allows riders to report a safety incident. By the end of this month, users in more than 200 cities around the world will receive an in-app notification when being dropped off near a bike lane to ensure they keep an eye out for cyclists when leaving the vehicle.
Uber is also focusing on reducing carbon emissions, launching two methodologies – travel efficiency and carbon impact – to measure its emissions and says it intends to power all US offices with renewable energy by 2025.
Uber Rewards is expanding to allow customers to earn redeemable points when taking a trip or using Uber Eats. In the US, Uber Rewards members can choose the $0 delivery fee on Uber Eats orders, free meal items from partners like McDonald’s and Ben and Jerry’s and discounts on UberX rides. Members can earn points when using Uber abroad in a programme which will expand to Brazil and Mexico.
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