Uber ac­quires dock­less bike ser­vice

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“Uber is of­fi­cially en­ter­ing the dock­less bike-shar­ing space,” said Jo­hana Bhuiyan in Re­code.net. The ride-hail­ing com­pany an­nounced this week it has ac­quired the on­de­mand elec­tric bike-shar­ing startup Jump Bikes for an undis­closed sum. Known for its large, bas­ket-clad red bi­cy­cles, Jump cur­rently op­er­ates in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., and San Fran­cisco and will be avail­able in Sacramento next month. “Jump doesn’t re­quire a dock, which means it can be parked al­most any­where.” Uber is likely to ex­pand the bike-shar­ing ser­vice and has al­ready opened a wait list for its cus­tomers in other cities to be no­ti­fied when Jump bikes ar­rive. “In­te­grat­ing bike shar­ing into Uber’s plat­form will en­able users to bike to a place where it’s more con­ve­nient or cheaper for a driver to pick them up.” Be­cause the bikes are GPS-en­abled, users can “plan their ride-shar­ing trips around where there are avail­able bikes.”

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