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LABCITIES
3 months ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Like Google, FedEx, and Xerox, Uber has become a verb. Its name is synonymous with an action—in its case, summoning a car via app. But a string of news from the company this week suggests it might prefer a broader definition.

On Monday, Uber announced its acquisition of Jump, the New York City-based dockless bikesharing company. On Wednesday, CEO Dara Khosrowshahi revealed that Washington, D.C., users will be able to book a Jump bike right from the Uber app. The bikes were already available to app users in San Francisco, stemming from Uber’s pilot with Jump in February.

At the same event, Khosrowshahi announced that Uber will also test another partnership for the San Francisco market, this time with the peer-to-peer car-sharing company Getaround. Within the Uber app, Bay Area users will be able to book and drive “Uber Rent” vehicles by the hour or day, at prices set by the individuals who own and list them on the Getaround platform.

Lastly, Uber unveiled that it has inked a deal with Masabi, a company that facilitates mobile transit ticketing in 30 cities worldwide, and is working to provide its services, too, among the Uber app’s menu of options wherever Masabi is available. That means users in New York, L.A., Boston, and beyond should be able to book regular commuter rail tickets with the same app they might use to order a regular Uber pick-up when they’ve reached their destination.