Uber launches car rental service in the UK
Uber launches car rental service in the UK

Uber launched a UK car rental company. The company announced that it has partnered with CarTrawler and will soon offer UK users the option to rent cars through its app.

Users can select the new Uber Rent option in the app and then browse available cars by date and location.

The car can then be picked up at hundreds of taxi company collection points.

After attempts in France and Australia, the United Kingdom began to offer car rental.

The process works a little differently than renting a bike or scooter from Uber, but the company says you can technically make a reservation upon pickup of the bike (just like renting a jumping bike in the UK). -united). We are united, but we recommend booking a car at least 24 hours in advance.

Rent can be canceled 48 hours prior to receiving the vehicle. Uber agrees to offer up to 25% off rent.

It should be noted that this is not the first time that Uber has started offering car rental services, as it announced in 2018 that it will work with (Getaround) to implement a similar plan in the United States. Later that year, he put on hold the consumer-facing portion of the plan. Focus on progress: renting cars to drivers only.

However, the (COVID-19) pandemic may breathe new life into this idea, and although the company has put in place several health and safety precautions for its drivers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it can still sit back and relax. With a stranger. In a closed room. The risk.

Uber said that users between rental cars are cleaned well.

A car rental service is the latest product Uber has developed after the COVID-19 pandemic hit it.

Last month, the company recorded a loss of $ 1.8 billion in the second quarter and its passenger services business was down 80 percent from the same period last year.

The economic slowdown forced the company to lay off thousands of employees and warned the company that it may have to halt its California operations after a court ruled that its drivers should be classified as employees.

In response, Uber is exploring other growth areas, acquiring Postmates, launching on-demand grocery deliveries in Latin America and Canada, and partnering with London Riverboat Passenger Service.

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