Uber's Transit partnership will add train and bus info near drop-off pointBy Robin-Leigh Chetty 17 May 2017 | Categories: news
Whatever your stance on Uber is, the ridesharing app is wildly popular here in South Africa. The company's recent partnership with Transit, however, will be of interest to users and drivers in the United States. To that end, Uber will soon be integrating additional transport information at drop off points, including train and bus routes, stops and next departure.
The new feature will only be available in 50 locations across the US, but does include major metropoles like San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and New York City. In terms of what the advantage will be, Uber says that it's a way of helping commuters better plan their travels, if they opt for more than one mode of transport.
“Our integration with Uber is a perfect match, as we both envision a future in which every journey is shared using a combination of transit options,” noted Jake Sion, CEO of Transit.
For now the service will be limited to Android devices (currently compatible with the Uber app) at launch, with plans to rollout a iOS version soon, according to the company. Also slated for a future date is whether Uber will launch the feature in other countries, or indeed partner with similar apps to offer the service in regions where Transit does not operate.
It should prove interesting to see how users respond to this latest feature, and whether it has merit for application in other countries.
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