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Uber adds emergency button to its app to directly dial 911

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Velma Reese | 13 April, 2018, 01:01

Uber is getting set to take on car-sharing competitors and traditional rental cars with its plans to integrate GetAround into its app. GetAround is a peer-to-peer carsharing company, which means it lets auto owners rent out their vehicles to other people.

"After misleading consumers about its privacy and security practices, Uber compounded its misconduct by failing to inform the Commission that it suffered another data breach in 2016 while the Commission was investigating the company's strikingly similar 2014 breach", acting FTC Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen said in a statement.

The move is a part of a greater effort to offer vehicle ownership alternatives and expand Uber's transportation options. Back in January, Uber established a pilot allowing consumers to reserve rides on leap's bicycles in sanfrancisco in its app. His ruling comes about two months after a federal judge in San Francisco said that food delivery workers for Grubhub were not the company's employees.

"It is somewhat compelling to be able to get all your transportation through one platform", said Jahan Khanna, Uber's head of product for mobility. "All these cases may seem exceptional, but all these cases are what keep people buying a vehicle, because in the back of their mind that's the only way they feel comfortable living in a city", he said. This can allow users to reserve public transit trips within the Uber app.

Man arrested after police chase in Richmond
The arrested officer was employed in April of past year and assigned to the Hikone police station in late January. They released the name and a photograph of the suspect for fear of danger posed to civilians.

Uber is the world's most valuable venture-backed startup, with a valuation of some $70 billion, with Khosrowshahi planning a public share offering in 2019. The data will be shared by Uber on popular curbs for pickups and drop-offs of ride-hailing services. The company launched this project past year for providing users with mapped travel times with the help of the company's vast ride data.

That's why we're today launching Uber Movement in Toronto - a free tool which uses Uber's anonymised data from millions of trips to help urban planners make decisions about their city.

Joyce and Khosrowshahi agreed that for Uber to continue to grow, it will need to be an active partner with cities.

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson is now in charge of Uber's Safety Council as the high-tech company strives to make its transportation network safer. "That is the package that we think is the most fair - that hits property owners, it hits visitors, it hits residents and it hits the ride-sharing services - that we think is best for the city".

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