Uber rolls out new Jump electric scooter share program in Santa Monica
US-based ride-hailing service Uber has announced the launch of its first electric scooter share program in Santa Monica. The move marks a noteworthy addition to the Uber portfolio which already includes hide-railing services and electric bicycle sharing services.
The new program launched by Uber is called the Jump electric scooter share program. The launch of the program is a result of Uber’s recent purchase of dockless electric bicycle sharing company called Jump, for approximately $100 million.
With Jump bikes already available in 10 cities, the launch of the Jump electric scooter share program by Uber will essentially enable the company to leverage Jump for adding electric scooter sharing to its service portfolio. The rollout of Uber’s Jump electric scooters will allow Uber to challenge other electric scooter share companies, like Lime and Bird.
According to the details disclosed by Uber, riders who want to use the Jump electric scooter share program can use the same Uber app which they use for hailing a rideshare. Riders can claim the dockless electric scooters, available in a service area, by scanning the vehicles on their phones. The cost of the ride will start at $1; with the subsequent charges to be 15 cents per minute. The cost of most rides would end up between $2 and $4.
Uber has announced that Jump electric scooters will be free to use until October 7, 2018.
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