Uber plans public transit and auto rental app options

Isaac Blancas

Since Uber got started almost nine years ago, we have conducted criminal and driving record screenings on millions of people. This new service opens even more doors for your transportation needs; literally. He didn't offer any more details about the Tempe crash, but he insisted that autonomous vehicles would be necessary to reduce auto usage and to make streets safer. Going forward, we'll proactively rerun criminal and motor vehicle checks each year, regardless of whether there is a legal obligation to do so'.

Khosrowshahi, the former head of Expedia, came to Uber past year after several scandals forced his predecessor to step aside.

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Uber Technologies will connect USA riders directly to emergency number 911 from this summer, the latest in a package of measures created to improve the global ride hailing company's popular image.

All app-based cab services like Uber have specially-trained incident response teams that are available around the clock in order to handle any urgent concerns which may arise. That service will be offered beginning later this month - but only in San Francisco for now, Uber said.

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"Autonomy is part of the solution and long term it will be an important part of getting rid of vehicle ownership", he said. This news comes on the heels of Uber's acquisition of the bike-share company Jump.

Uber has agreed to an expanded settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over claims that the ride-hailing company deceived customers about how it handled their data. Importantly, this feature will show you your real-time location in the app-both on a map and as an address-so you can share it directly with the 911 operator.

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We're investing hundreds of millions of dollars a year in our Express Pool product, and what we're finding is that there are these societal norms that we have to battle.

Adding a trusted contacts section to the Uber App so that riders can chose five people the company will notify when they are using the ridesharing service.

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Uber announced Wednesday that it would be partnering with Masabi, a software company that works with transit companies, to integrate transit planning and fare payment in the Uber app. Uber's Khanna cautioned that the process was still in its early stages. The safety of the ridesharing service has also come into question in the past. A similar partnership is available in Kolkata for woman riders where Uber has partnered with the Kolkata Police's BONDHU app. This can allow users to reserve public transit trips within the Uber app.

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