Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Uber CEO: We're cooperating with Feds on self-driving vehicle crash probe

Uber CEO: We're cooperating with Feds on self-driving vehicle crash probe

Present in over 40 communities in Canada, Uber has revolutionized transportation and offers more than 50,000 Canadian driver-partners a new way to earn income in their spare time by offering an affordable transportation alternative to hundreds of thousands of riders across the country.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said the company wouldn't resume testing its self-driving cars until the NTSB was complete.

The app was built after experimenting with over 100 driver and courier partners in Bengaluru as part of the global beta launch. On April 9, the company said it had purchased Jump Bikes, a provider of dockless electric bicycles. Jump Bikes operates the business in San Francisco and DC. Regardless, the in-app integration likely means the e-bike service's ridership will only continue to grow in D.C. where it is already among the most popular bike sharing options.

So Uber is looking for new ways where it can expand and wean people off owning cars.

These driver partners have also gone on strike on a number of occasions, complaining against reduced incentives and unfriendly policies. "You share a auto with someone, and it kind of feels a little weird", noting how people don't know if it's socially acceptable to work, chat or say nothing at all. "It is somewhat compelling to be able to get all your transportation through one platform".

Uber said it has taken efforts to protect the privacy of riders and drivers and Uber Movement uses only "aggregated, anonymized data and can not be used to access any personally identifiable information".

"Right now our total effort is helping them out and we'll figure out what we do afterward", he said, adding that self-driving cars "ultimately will make the world much, much safer". "Now you can take a bike to rent your auto and go buy groceries". Through the deal, Uber users will be able to pay for transit rides in its app, or scan in to rail and bus services using their smartphones. Also today, Uber announced a partnership with London-based Masabi, a mobile ticketing company that Uber said will help customers book and use public transit tickets directly within the Uber app.

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