How Uber Plans To Provide All The Transportation Options

Uber Planes?

For Uber (UBER), becoming the ride-hailing apps’ industry leader was just a starting point. The company has since moved into food delivery with UberEats, and now plans to turn its app into a one-stop-shop for people looking to travel across the globe.

Yesterday Uber announced a pilot program that will begin this year in the UK, allowing users to book tickets for planes, trains, and buses, plus rental cars. Unlike the typical ride-hailing service, Uber won’t be directly providing these services, but instead will take a cut from each transaction. Its partners in the venture are expected to be announced in the months ahead.

Train Behind Schedule

One of the new features will include the ability to purchase Eurostar tickets for trains that run between Paris and London via the Channel Tunnel, in addition to other routes. Reports indicate Uber may look to expand the pilot program beyond the UK if the additions are well received. It continues a string of positive headlines from across the pond, as late last month Uber secured a 30-month lease to continue operating in London.

The “superapp” plans have been in development for several years. It was back in 2018 when Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced his desire to see the app have more transit options. Executives say COVID-19 delayed the process.

Going Further

Uber executives argue the pilot program is likely to boost the usage of its app in the UK, which is one of the company’s largest markets outside of the US. Some of its chief competitors in Britain include Bolt and Free Now. For several years the app’s included bikes, boat services, and scooter rentals, so executives call this a natural next step.

A statement released by the company admitted it hopes to be the go-to place for all of its users’ traveling needs going forward. While the immediate focus is trains, the ability to book flights is also included in Uber’s plans. Hotel reservations are on the horizon, with the company describing the ability to create a “seamless door-to-door travel experience.” For the company whose name is synonymous with digitally booking a ride in an automobile, planes and trains seem like a fitting addition.

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James Flippin ABOUT James Flippin James Flippin is the son of a financial advisor who grew up hearing and learning about bond yields, interest rates, the stock market, and the ins and outs of Wall Street. After stints as a licensing and business broker for Marcus and Millichap in New York City, James moved into broadcasting and became a reporter and anchor. He covered crime, politics, finance, and tech at NBC News Radio while working part-time as a producer for SiriusXM. James graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics. He's also an accomplished podcaster with over 10-years of experience.

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