Uber to create superapp by adding planes, trains, and rental cars. The San Francisco-based company announced on Wednesday that it will expand its U.K. app this year to include trains, buses, planes, and car rentals. The move is part of a trial program that, if successful, might be expanded to other nations in the future.
While Uber will not supply these services, consumers will be able to book them through its app thanks to software partnerships with the ticketing system
The tech giant, which may take a share of each booking, has stated that it will reveal a number of partners in the coming months.
The connections, according to Uber, would assist increase app usage among its customers in the United Kingdom, who also have the option of utilizing applications like Bolt and Free Now. Outside of the United States, the United Kingdom is one of Uber’s most important markets.
Uber’s UK head, Jamie Heywood, said in a statement that the company aspires to be “a one-stop-shop for all your travel requirements.
“You have been able to book rides, bikes, boat services, and scooters on the Uber app for a number of years, so adding trains and coaches is a natural progression,” he said.
He added: “Later this year we plan to incorporate flights, and in the future hotels, by integrating leading partners into the Uber app to create a seamless door-to-door travel experience.”
Uber also plane to allow travelers to purchase Eurostar train tickets using its app. The Channel Tunnel allows passengers to travel from London to Paris and other places through Eurostar.
The statement comes on the heels of Uber’s recent victory.
Uber was granted a 30-month license to operate in London on March 26, putting an end to a lengthy legal struggle with municipal officials over whether the ride-hailing service was “fit and suitable.”
However, the company’s aspirations for a “superapp” are behind schedule.
Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of Uber, stated in 2018 that he wants to expand the app’s transportation alternatives.
“It’s fair to say Covid slowed us down a little,” Heywood allegedly told The Financial Times.
Uber’s stock was down 1.6 percent to $34.40 in premarket trade on Wednesday at 6:40 a.m. ET.