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Multinational ride-sharing company Uber has added a new car-renting service in the United States.
Uber has recently partnered with Getaround, a San Francisco-based startup that lets private car owners rent out their cars to customers through a mobile app.
By collaborating with Getaround, Uber launched a new service called Uber Rent, which makes cars from Getaround available to Uber users through the Uber app. According to Uber’s CEO, the company will test the waters first in San Francisco before making the service available all over the country.
The new Uber Rent joins the company’s growing roster of services, which include carpooling service, UberPool, and food delivery service, UberEats. Since Uber’s establishment in 2009, its global growth had been exponential.
However, the company experienced a $4.5 billion loss in 2017 after being involved in some controversies and legal cases. Now, Uber is trying to bounce back from these losses through several new initiatives.
In addition to Uber Rent, the startup has other new services to offer this year. Uber has collaborated with a number of other companies to further expand its range of transportation services.
For instance, Uber launched Uber Bike together with JUMP, a New York-based startup that allows people to rent electric bikes. Uber also collaborated with London-based company Masabi. The London startup lets users book tickets for public transportation through their smartphones. Uber is still looking into how to incorporate Masabi’s services to its own line of offerings.