The ride-hailing company Uber brings its Electric Bike Share “Jump” to London but says not the scooters.
Jump electric bike and scooter allows people to go to places faster and have more fun. Jump’s hardware and software is carefully designed for people to go to places easily and safe as well. Jump and Uber partnered in 2018. Soon-after, Uber decided to acquire the Electric Bike company.
Uber focuses on advocating smart technology for smart cities. The acquisition helps them to achieve this goal as Jump provides people a ride without owning a car. According to Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Jump Bikes is already on a test in San Francisco.
Today, Uber says they are bringing Jump to London. 350 bikes will be rolling out in Berlin, Lisbon, Paris, and Brussels for trial. The bikes are available for rent at Uber app which can cost £1 to unlock and 12p per minute to use.
Jamie Heywood, Uber’s regional general manager for Northern and Eastern Europe said ” “Introducing Jump bikes, will help make the city a cleaner place to live and help London breathe. Over time, it’s our goal to help people replace their car with their phone by offering a range of mobility options — whether cars, bikes or public transport — all in the Uber app.”
Uber signed a memorandum of understanding with Islington, the first council to grant permission to Jump bikes, regarding the standards for the bikes. Local councilor Claudia Webbe said, “Shared electric bikes are accessible to many people of different ages and fitness levels and can help encourage even more people to switch to cycling, which is healthier and more environmentally friendly.”