Uber wants to use scooters and bikes to become the ‘Amazon of transportation’


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.

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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. 

Mode switching in the Uber app.

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.  Read more…

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