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Randal Sanchez
April 13, 2018

It's called Uber Rent and it allows users to rent someone else's vehicle for a fee.

Beefing up the driver background check process by conducting annual checks on all drivers and using technology that monitors drivers' records for new offenses.

Khosrowshahi, the former head of Expedia, came to Uber previous year after several scandals forced his predecessor to step aside. Getaround is now available in cities like Seattle, DC, Portland, San Francisco and Oakland. "By sharing our aggregated and anonymized trip data, Uber can help inform decisions about how to adapt existing infrastructure and invest in future solutions to make our cities more efficient", said Rob Khazzam, General Manager, Uber Canada.

The concern over rider safety continued as Uber faced internal turmoil over the last few years, and the added features come as new Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tries to turn the company around. Arizona had been a key hub for Uber's autonomous project, with about half the company's 200 self-driving cars and a staff of hundreds.

The mobility company will add an emergency 911 feature akin to a "panic button" - a type of enhanced 911 that connects passengers directly with emergency personnel, and allows them to share their location with the operator. Khosrowshahi says he and his team "believe in" them.

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The features include a Safety Center for the app, a dedicated section where people can set up features like trusted contacts and 911 assistance.

"Having e-bikes, on a dockless basis, available in cities in a responsible way is going to allow more and more people to move around in cities", Khosrowshahi said, "but move around in ways that are efficient, that don't cause traffic, that don't cause issues with the environment". Uber is already integrating the bikesharing service in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and it plans to expand it much further.

The company announced a partnership with Masabi, a public transit mobile ticketing startup. The option also lets you use this service during the night only.

"Uber values driver-partners and we are always looking to enhance their experience while saving on their costs, in order for them to make the most from their small businesses". If there is no internet connectivity, if you ever feel you're in an emergency situation, you should call 100 immediately. GetAround installs electronic locks in the vehicles, so that renters can access the cars with their smartphones. The two companies said they also will be working together to offer the integration to new cities around the globe. This makes it easier than ever to share your trip, so loved ones can follow along and know when you've arrived.

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