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"If you really want to provide something that can replace the auto in people's lives, you want to have more than ride-sharing", says Andrew Salzberg, Uber's transportation policy chief.

Now, Uber is announcing a pair of moves that expand its reach to two more forms of transport.

Starting today, Uber users in Washington will be able to book dockless Jump bikes directly through the app.

Residents of San Francisco will soon see something new in the Uber app: the option to rent a vehicle.

In addition to Wednesday's expansion of the bike sharing integration to D.C. from San Francisco, Uber's CEO Dara Khosrowshahi also promised on a visit to the District that it would share some more data with certain cities it operates in.

Schaller says this "unsustainable" ride-sharing pattern is occurring in many major cities including Los Angeles and Boston.

The ridesharing giant announced plans to acquire JUMP Bikes this week, according to our sister site Technical.ly Brooklyn.

It's part of an aggressive push Uber is making to position itself as a general mobility platform, rather than the simple ride-hailing app that propelled it into a $70 billion commodity. But this signals the next big step in its evolution into a broader transportation platform. Upon completion, users can then lock the bike to any public rack in the designated zone shown on the app's map.

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The move also pushes Uber closer to its goal of reducing auto ownership, according to Khosrowshahi.

Khosrowshahi said the company is aiding the National Transportation Safety Board in its investigation on why Uber's vehicle never noticed a woman crossing the street with her bicycle.

Getaround's vehicle offerings will appear in a side menu in the Uber app. Users will be able to find and unlock an available auto from their phones using wireless technology. "If this goes on, you'll simply have gridlock".

Uber said it has taken efforts to protect the privacy of riders and drivers and Uber Movement uses only "aggregated, anonymized data and can not be used to access any personally identifiable information".

Uber is introducing e-bike, auto rental, and public transit tickets to its primary app.

But it's an important means of showing good will. Khosrowshahi is trying to tell cities that the Uber of today is a "true partner" - and not the combative, "ask for forgiveness, not permission" startup of the past.

In addition to today's rental auto deal with Getaround, Uber announced a partnership with London-based Masabi, a mobile ticketing company that Uber said will help customers book and use public transit tickets directly within the Uber app.

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