Uber calls self-driving cars "student drivers", agrees to expand FTC settlement


Uber is also expanding Uber Bike by Jump to Washington, DC, following its rollout in San Francisco earlier this year, and new efforts to promote vehicle sharing.

Uber Technologies said on Thursday it unveiled new safety features including an emergency button that will connect USA riders directly to 911.

Jahan Khanna, Head of Product for Mobility at Uber, said it is ideal for city dwellers who want to make small trips like to the grocery store or to pick up relatives.

Cars will come through car-booking service Getaround, which lets private auto owners rent their cars out to others. Present in over 40 communities in Canada, Uber has revolutionized transportation and offers more than 50,000 Canadian driver-partners a new way to earn income in their spare time by offering an affordable transportation alternative to hundreds of thousands of riders across the country. "We're excited to partner with Masabi to incorporate transit as an option in the Uber app".

The CEO said Uber was awaiting the results on an investigation into the 18 March accident that killed a pedestrian, but maintained that "autonomous (driving) will be safer long term".

He said the company backs a number of transportation solutions.

"Autonomy is part of the solution and long term it will be an important part of getting rid of vehicle ownership", he said.

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Uber has brought its city commute time data to Toronto with the launch of the Toronto Uber Movement website.

"Technology and data alone are not solutions for urban problems-but when done right, and in partnership with others, they have the potential to contribute to a better world for all", says Khosrowshahi.

Khosrowshahi took the helm at Uber in August after co-founder Travis Kalanick was forced out over a series of scandals and missteps, as well as allegations of unethical competition and a toxic work environment.

Rescue by Flare Emergency Response will offer free first aid trainings to Uber drivers on a monthly basis while drivers visiting MP-Shah Hospital desk will receive regular free medical checkups.

Uber's announcement spree started earlier this week with the acquisition of Jump Bikes, a bikeshare company specializing in electric bicycles.

Uber plans to add more of the bikes soon in the Washington area, for a total of around 400.