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Uber's new 'mode switch' will make it easier to rent bikes and scooters

Discussion in 'News' started by Jo3030, Sep 6, 2018.

  1. Jo3030

    Jo3030 Moderator

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    Uber's new 'mode switch' will make it easier to rent bikes and scooters

    https://mashable.com/article/uber-m...s/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link#SeV4lrscIiqh

    Right now, Uber is the app you open to request a car to pick you up. But it wants to be the app where you can find a bicycle or borrow someone else's car — and, soon, where to rent e-scooters.



    SEE ALSO: Like Lyft, Uber CEO wants more riders on scooters, bikes

    On Thursday, Uber made it easier to request these non-ride-hail options with "mode switch." Instead of hiding the options within a menu, the top of the app will now list the different Uber options: cars, bikes, scooters, and rental cars.

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    Mode switching in the Uber app.

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    At the TechCrunch Disrupt main stage in San Francisco on Thursday, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi recommitted to alternative transit options like bikes and scooters.

    About one year since he took over the company, he talked about how Uber is trying to be the "Amazon of transportation." The company acquired bike-share company Jump earlier this year and is expanding "pretty aggressively." Scooters are forthcoming, Khosrowshahi promised, and Uber is already partnering with Lime to offer the scooters through the app.

    He said on stage, "Hopefully no one in the future will own a car," and admitted that he's willing to take a monetary hit to get more Uber users on bikes and scooters.

    Eventually he sees the ride-hailing portion of the Uber business shrinking to only 50 percent.

    "We’re going to worry about the monetization later," he said. He didn't mention what this new focus means for drivers that rely on ride requests as income. Previously the CEO had said drivers shouldn't be concerned since they will still be needed for longer (more expensive) rides.

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    Sasha Lekach@sashajol



    Future of @uber according to @dkhos: "Hopefully no one in the future will own a car." He's also bullish on personal electric vehicles (PEVs) which he sees as the progression of scooters. In 10 years he predicts ride-sharing only 50% of biz and Eats will be "enormous." #TCDisrupt

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    The mode switcher comes the same day Uber rival Lyft rolled out its own scooters in Denver. This is the first ride-hailing app in the U.S. to get into the scooter world.

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    Denver gets out its first scooters.

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    Lyft will charge $1 to unlock the scooters and 15 cents per minute to ride the electric scooters — very similar to other scooter companies like Bird and Lime.

    After Denver, Lyft said it hopes to be in at least more 10 cities by the end of this year. Both Uber and Lyft won a permit last week to roll out scooters in Santa Monica, California, but were denied permits to operate in San Francisco.
     
  2. JimKE

    JimKE

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    This is kind of amusing to watch. It's like the stampede of the millennials to do the next "woke" thing! LOL.
     
  3. uberdriverfornow

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    lol And still not a "transportation" provider ?
     
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  4. Uber is simply providing the technology to connect app user to scooter. All of the scooters are independent contractors.
     
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  5. Uber's Guber

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    If will be funny watching drunks as they fumble with their app and accidentally order a scooter. :p
     
  6. Jo3030

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    "1 star, was not a car"
     
  7. uberdriverfornow

    uberdriverfornow

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    It will be even funnier seeing all of the drunks getting legit dui's from driving the scooters while drunk just like bicylists get.
     
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  8. so uber thinks 15c a mile is a fair right to operate a scooter but think that a 2000 pound car only takes 48c?
     
  9. goneubering

    goneubering

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    This is totally crazy!! The only possible explanation I can think of is they want to distract us from their disastrous SDC program.
     
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  10. Taxi2Uber

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    It IS crazy. Why even pursue a SDC program when "Hopefully no one in the future will own a car."
     

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