Uber launches its own car-sharing service, Uber Rent

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The service will also include integration of transit maps and schedule information in select cities.The company did not say which cities. The company announced a slew of new partnerships this week, including ones for an actual car-sharing service, biking, and now more ways to get around cities.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced the carshare program will begin San Francisco while at an event in Washington, D.C.

The company's interest in investing in bike sharing and public transit should not be interpreted as a move away from self-driving cars, he added. In order to achieve the goal of safe, equitable and affordable transportation, Uber is forming deeper partnerships with cities, like Washington D.C.

Uber partner organisations include the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), MP Shah Hospital, emergency services company Flare, auto dealer Toyotsu, Huawei, Techno, Essilor, Kingsway, and Telkom Kenya.

Under Uber's new leadership we want to be a better partner to city planners and regulators, so we hope this data will help give them valuable insights for the future.

"We believe in it", he said, adding that Uber considered autonomous vehicles "part of the solution" and in the long-term key to eliminating individual auto ownership.

Uber Rent will launch in San Francisco later this month. That investment comes in the form of price cuts to the end user.

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"Right now our total effort is helping them out and we'll figure out what we do afterward", Khosrowshahi said.

"In the same way you can rent a bike through Uber, you'll now be able to rent a vehicle through Uber as well", said Jahan Khanna, Uber's head of product for mobility.

Khosrowshahi recently explained that bike sharing is a mode of transportation that is the most affordable for some people.

The company hasn't resumed testing of its self-driving cars and Khosrowshahi suggested that would likely be the case until the investigation was complete and a determination could be made about why the vehicle did not appear to detect the pedestrian who was walking her bike across a four-lane divided highway. Uber is now working with the National Transportation Safety Board to determine what happened.

"More and more, Uber is not just going to be just about taking a vehicle, but is about moving from point A to point B in the best way", Khosrowshahi told an event in the newly launched Uber driver center in the U.S. capital.

"Autonomous is part of the solution and I think long term is going to be an important part of the solution of getting rid of auto ownership", Khosrowshahi said.

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