What’s Uber up to? New choices point to local transportation takeover

Shortly after buying the Jump bike-sharing service, Uber is casting a wider net, adding more options to help you get where you want to go. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi says the ridesharing company will be offering new public transit and car rental options, TechCrunch reports.

So now, in addition to hitting up Uber Bike for temporary use of an urban two-wheeler, you can book public transit tickets or connect with a nearby car owner to rent their ride for local use. The new services will roll out in different cities on various schedules.

Soon you may need a diagram to connect Uber’s partners and subsidiaries. Here’s the short version: Jump is called Uber Bike; instant car-booking service Getaround powers Uber Rent; and mobile-ticketing platform Masabi — sounds like Wasabi — is behind the public transit access service.

Uber Rent, the new local car rental option, will let you connect with a local car owner to book a car for as little as one hour or a day at a time. Insurance is included with all rentals.

Getaround, the service behind Uber Rent, currently operates in eight U.S. cities. Uber Rent will kick off in San Francisco later this month. The company’s plan is to roll out Uber Rent in additional cities once the company determines the market for the product is “solid,” according to TechCrunch.

London-based Masabi doesn’t measure coverage by cities, but by transportation agencies. For example, residents and travelers can use Masabi to buy tickets for the Los Angeles Metrolink, London’s Thames Clippers, Boston’s MBTA, and New York’s MTA.  Masabi currently connects with 30 agencies worldwide.

After you purchase a ticket using Masabi from within the Uber app, you can use the app to display a boarding pass for your transit ride.

Khosrowshahi told TechCrunch that Uber is working with cities to share data and explore options. Uber appears intent on cornering the market on local transportation modes, and Khosrowshahi said he would add any one that fits to Uber’s growing list of offerings.

Perhaps next Valentine’s Day, if you’re in New York, you’ll be able to open the mobile app to book an Uber horse carriage ride to the Lincoln Center.

Cars

Cars that talk to each other are coming soon, and could save thousands of lives

Today’s cars can connect to the internet, but still can’t communicate with the environment around them. V2X technology is about to change, paving the way for safer streets, less traffic, and cities where transportation operates more…
Mobile

Google Pay may soon let you send money through QR codes

Google Pay allows you to pay for goods and services with your smartphone at any retailer that accepts contactless payments. Here's all the news you need to know about support for the service.
Movies & TV

September brings 'The Dragon Prince,' an animated war series, to Netflix

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Emerging Tech

These flying cars want to take your commute to new heights

The future is closer than you'd think: Companies around the world are working on flying car models, with many successful tests! Here are all the flying cars and taxis currently in development, and how they work!
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Click-to-brew beer, comfy headlamps, and more

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Product Review

Lamborghini’s V12 flagship brings the shock and awe for SVJ duty

High-tech active aerodynamics, trick steering, and good old-fashioned horsepower help to make this Aventador the most track-capable production Lamborghini ever.
Cars

Check out the tuned, resto-modded, and high-tech GTIs at Volkswagen’s home show

About 4,000 cars attended the GTI Coming Home event in Wolfsburg, Germany, and we couldn't find two identical cars. Our favorite car at the event blended 1980s style with 21st century tech features.
Cars

Porsche brings diesel car production to a screeching halt

Porsche has announced that it will no longer be making diesel cars. The German automaker said that, as a sports car brand, diesel fuels simply weren't as important a part of their business as other options.
Product Review

There’s a new baby Benz on the block: A-Class proves sedans aren’t dead yet

While it seems like the traditional sedan is dead, Mercedes-Benz believes otherwise. And the 2019 A-Class sedan arrives to try and capture younger buyers and sway them from competitors. We explore Seattle in one to see if it’s any good.
Cars

Will Toyota finally cave to buyer demand and offer Android Auto?

For years, Toyota refused to offer Android Auto for privacy and security reasons. That could change soon; a recent report claims Toyota will begin offering Android Auto compatibility in at least some of its models.
Product Review

FenSens Smart Parking Sensor improves your ride with no strings, or wires, attached

Instead of relying on an old-fashioned mirror, it may be time to step up to a parking sensor. We test the latest FenSens Smart Wireless Parking Sensor to see if this device, with your smartphone, can replicate the latest OEM system.
Product Review

No longer the underdog, the Audi Q3 is all grown up and ready to dominate

The Audi Q3 is back for a second generation and it’s better than ever before. It looks sharper, it packs more power, and it offers a longer list of tech features. We put it to the test to find out how it fares against the competition.
Cars

Ikea jumps on the autonomous car bandwagon — because why wouldn’t it?

Space10, Ikea's research and development arm, has introduced seven autonomous car concepts. Some fall in line with what we've seen from established automakers, while others bring new ideas to the conversation about autonomous cars.
Cars

2019 Honda Civic sedan and coupe add more standard driver-assist tech

The 2019 Honda Civic compact sedan and coupe get a handful of updates to stay fresh, including exterior styling tweaks, standard Honda Sensing driver aids, and a new Sport trim level.