Uber still believes autonomous vehicles have a future, says CEO

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"Right now our total effort is helping them out and we'll figure out what we do afterward", he said, adding that self-driving cars "ultimately will make the world much, much safer".

Khosrowshahi spoke on a panel with D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, whose administration is pursuing a tax on ride-sharing services to help fund fixes for the city's light rail system.

The company announced it would make aggregated traffic data to help planners in 12 new cities worldwide under its Uber Movement plan, to bring the total to 21.

Uber earlier this week announced its acquisition of dockless bike-sharing service Jump. Regardless, the in-app integration likely means the e-bike service's ridership will only continue to grow in D.C. where it is already among the most popular bike sharing options.

One of Uber's goals is to reduce the need for individual auto ownership, thereby reducing congestion in cities.

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"We have built this app by listening to what they needed and shaped it alongside them - over 100 partners from Bangalore were a part of the global beta launch".

Beyond the Jump integration, Uber also announced Wednesday it will partner with car-sharing app Getaround to offer vehicle rentals for riders and drivers within the app. These cars are randomly parked around cities and can be rented on the spot.

Uber is moving way beyond just ordering a vehicle. You'll be able to get an Uber. "Now you can take a bike to rent your vehicle and go buy groceries". Arizona had been a key hub for Uber's autonomous project, with about half of the company's 200 self-driving cars and a staff of hundreds.

The new Uber driver app comes with an "Earnings tracker" that let drivers know how much they earned on their last trip, making it easy to track progress.

Another glimpse into how Uber sees its future role: The company also announced a partnership Wednesday with transit ticketing service Masabi. "Every piece of their feedback was important and it was incorporated into building an app that meets their needs", Pradeep Parameswaran, Head of Central Operations, Uber India and South Asia, said in a statement.