Quick Shift: Uber unveils new driver app

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Uber is looking to be virtually a one-stop transportation shopping app, said on Wednesday it will add new services, including car-sharing and train tickets.

Uber Technologies will connect US riders directly to emergency number 911 from this summer, the latest in a package of measures created to improve the global ride hailing company's popular image. People will be able to reserve these cars through their Uber app. San Francisco is the first city to get the new feature, which goes live in April, says Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

"We have to solve the issue of auto ownership", Khosrowshahi said. Going forward, we'll proactively rerun criminal and motor vehicle checks each year, regardless of whether there is a legal obligation to do so'.

The Seattle city council is now considering raising the base fare for Uber and Lyft rides, as a way to boost driver pay.

Meanwhile, Jeremy Hall said the new features won't change how frequently he uses Uber but he supports the change.

The company also announced Wednesday that it will partner with car-sharing app Getaround to offer vehicle rentals for riders and drivers.

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UK-based Masabi will add public transit mobile ticketing into Uber's app as part of a strategic partnership.

"I can foresee situations where if I was in a situation where I didn't feel safe, I want something like that at my disposal", Hall said. The safety of the ridesharing service has also come into question in the past. "We're committed to deepen how we partner with cities and excited about how urban planners and transportation professionals can use this free resource".

Again, though, Uber would join a crowded field of vendors hoping to help riders pay their fares electronically. This could allow users to book public transit trips within the Uber app. This lets users connect to the nearby 911 centers.

Even with all the attention, though, it can be very expensive and time-consuming for transit agencies to broadcast real-time travel information and to accept the new forms of payment.

Justride SDK is said to combine secure ticketing functionality with existing apps to provide users with more convenient access to tickets for public transit services. "Cars are shared by people throughout the city and equipped with Getaround's technology for instant access".

The two companies will also be working together to offer the integration to new cities around the globe. It now offers detailed information on Boston, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, plus cities in other countries.

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