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Uber Is Adding Flights And Train Rides To Its UK Offerings
Uber has announced that it is adding trains, buses, planes and car rentals to its UK app this year. Being launched initially as a pilot in the UK, it is a change that could be rolled out to other countries at a later date.
According to an NBC report, the tech giant has plans to extend its platform beyond taxi-like services and is now looking at rail and even air transportation.
The huge decision to trial this additional service in the UK comes as the superapp recently secured a 30-month license to operate in the capital city after a drawn-out dispute over whether the app was “fit and proper” for use within London. Not long after the win in March this year and the app has plans to expand even further, looking as far as the skies for future developments.
The company already allows users to rent bikes, boats and scooters via the platform, but expanding into air and rail travel is an ambitious step for the company while travel is slowly returning to full capacity.
In a statement, Jamie Heywood, Uber’s boss in the UK shared that Uber intends to become, “a one-stop-shop for all your travel needs.”
“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,” Heywood continued. “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 Explore in the US provides recommendations for popular tourist attractions and the ability to book activities like dinner reservations.
And there is more, the seamlessness of the travel process for those commuting to international cities from London will get even easier. Uber also plans to make Eurostar train tickets readily available through the app.
Uber will partner with other booking platforms and take a cut of each transaction rather than offering these services independently. The company revealed that it also plans to offer hotels via the app, ensuring that the complete travel experience will be managed entirely through the app.
It seems that the increase in travel and transportation grounds that the app covers fully justifies the description of Uber as the app of all apps for your future travel needs.