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Uber will now tell you to get the tube! Ride-hailing app adds public transport options for London

Uber will now tell you to get the tube! Ride-hailing app adds public transport options for all London customers

  • It is s currently available to a ‘select’ number of users of the app for London 
  • Commuters will be able to see all public transport options for Greater London 
  • Which include tram, shuttle, river boat, DLR and Overground and overall fares  
  • They also have the option of paying for public transport fares on the Uber app 
  • It does not include bicycle routes or bike-sharing options for Santander bikes

Uber is introducing public transport options for users of the app in London.

The feature is currently available to a select group of Londoners but all users will be able to access the product soon, the company said.

Commuters in the capital will be able to see bus and train routes to their destinations and the fares – and will see the cost of these journeys in the app. 

Uber says the ability to purchase tickets in the app is currently not possible.  

The latest move will put the app in direct competition with Google Maps and Citymapper which already offer both taxi and public transport routes.

It comes after a trial in Denver, Colorado and forms part of Uber’s plan to become a one-stop shop for all transportation modes around the world.

 

Uber is introducing public transport options for users of the app in London. Tapping on Uber’s Transit feature (pictured) will allow users to find bus and train routes to their destinations as well as their ride-sharing option 

The latest feature, known as Transit, will offer real time underground and bus information for train, tram, shuttle, river boat, DLR and overground services across Greater London, said Uber.

It will allow users to see the journey time and different pricing options for each route, much like on transport apps such as Citymapper.

Users can see how the distance they need to walk, how many transfers each route requires, when the train or bus leaves and how often.

After riders enter a destination, they will see ‘Public Transport’ as an option alongside ‘UberX’ and ‘UberPool’. 

By selecting the ‘Public Transport’ option, commuters will be shown fastest routes, real-time schedules, and walking directions to stations and stops, in the same way as Google Maps or Citymapper. 

However, it does not include bicycle or bike-sharing options such as those for Santander bike available through apps like Citymapper.

The feature is currently available to a select group of Londoners but all users will be able to access the product soon, the company said

The feature is currently available to a select group of Londoners but all users will be able to access the product soon, the company said

Uber has called its future ‘our vision of becoming a one-stop shop for transportation in your city’.  

David Reich, Head of Transit at Uber said: ‘With 3.5 million Londoners relying on Uber, we recognise the important responsibilities that come with being a good partner to this great global city.

‘We share many of the same goals as the cities that we serve and are committed to addressing the same challenges: reducing individual car ownership, expanding transportation access and tackling air pollution.’   

Dara khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber, wrote on his Twitter page today: ‘Had the chance to try our new Public Transport option, launching today in #London with live bus and tube times from @TfL in the @Uber app. All part of our goal to help people replace their car with their phone. More to come!’

Users can see how far they need to walk, how many transfers each route requires, when the train or bus leaves and how often. They can also pay for their fares via the app as show in the image above

Users can see how far they need to walk, how many transfers each route requires, when the train or bus leaves and how often. They can also pay for their fares via the app as show in the image above

The latest move towards public transport will put the app in direct competition with Google Maps and Citymapper which already offer both taxi and public transport routes.

The latest move towards public transport will put the app in direct competition with Google Maps and Citymapper which already offer both taxi and public transport routes.

At its announcement of the feature in the US earlier in the year, the company said: ‘Many times, it can be faster or cheaper to take public transportation than any other form of travel, and we want to give our riders a seamless way to access that option right from our app.’ 

‘This is a big shift for Uber,’ the company’s head of transit, David Reich told USA Today. 

‘[Riders] can see how much walking is involved, how many transfers … what are the next few buses that are going to come up, or trains, and then even follow themselves on the map to sort of see their progression towards their final destination.’ 

WHAT DOES UBER’S NEW PUBLIC TRANSPORT FEATURE OFFER? 

Public transport feature ‘Transit’ launches in the capital today and will be rolling out so all Londoners. 

A select group of Londoners are now able to access the function but all users will be able to access the product soon, says Uber.    

Real time Underground and bus information will be available as will train, tram, shuttle, river boat, DLR and Overground across Greater London. 

By selecting the ‘Public Transport’ option, commuters will be shown fastest routes, real-time schedules, and walking directions to stations and stops. 

 The feature will allow users to see the journey time and different pricing options for each route, much like on transport apps such as Citymapper.

Users can see how the distance they need to walk, how many transfers each route requires, when the train or bus leaves and how often.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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