Uber introduces Electric Mopeds to its App in Paris

Uber is planning to add electric mopeds option to the app starting from next month. So, from next month Uber users at Paris would be at ease. For nearby trips, users can now book motorbikes instead of cab. In places where traffic is heavy, Mopeds are of great importance. In the field of mobile applications, booking for trips from bikes marks a great importance. For all the transport related paths, Uber is trying to give a one-stop solution.

It has been part of the Uber app in some public transport areas of Denver, Bay Area, and London. This moped concept was bought to tackle the climate change problems that people were facing all around the world. Now, with this additional option in the Uber app, users can easily share rides on mopeds; thus reducing the traffic in Paris. To fleet 4000 electric mopeds, Cityscoot collaborated with Uber offering price through the app.

According to Uber, the JUMP scooters works best for less than 2 kilometres rides which makes them ideal for short distance rides. As JUMP scooters are best for short rides, Uber claims that there is a use for mopeds. Neverthless, if users want to go for long rides, they will surely choose cars or cabs. But to achieve the short rides and last-mile connectivity, mopeds are the right choice.

In Paris there are several options like Metro, Mobikes, General taxis, Buses, Birds, etc. So, Uber has been in loss and took this initiative to get success in an eco-friendly manner. As said by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber partnership with Cityscoot is the another big step that the company has taken.

Just like before, the functionality of the Uber app will be same but it just included additional option of mopeds. When user opens the app, it displays several options and user can choose the required one. Now, users can get the mopeds option along with cars in the Paris. As Paris is fast-paced city this new option of mopeds would be a grand success. In Paris there will be many buildings and streets where the cars can’t go in. So, there is a lot of use for these bikes in such places. Also, for school children who go in public transport, this implementation would be of great help. Because this mopeds option will have only one stop. Hence they can reach the destination faster than in bus or metro.

Coming to the cost, it takes 29 cents per minute which is decent and reasonable to all the users. Just like other services, this mopeds payment gateway will also be managed by Uber app itself. But looking at these, there are some questions and confusions raised in the Uber drives that these mopeds might be problem to the Uber car business. But there will be no such cut down in the car business as the moped services will be helpful for short distances i.e., 2 to 3 kilometres or unlike JUMP scooters we can say less than 9 kilometres.

As per the Cityscoot, partnership with Uber will bring a great success not only for Uber but also for Cityscoot. Previous year, the Cityscoot company raised $500 million approx. Cityscoot was in the idea of launching electric mopeds into the transport system while partnering with Lime and while partnering with Uber, it can be higher venture. However, this mopeds option can help users to take more additional trips. Also, according to the sources, these e-mopeds in mopeds rentals could raise $27 million across the US.

Initially, when the venture was started in the city, Uber faced massive resistance. Also, due to many agitations by taxi groups in 2015 the government shut down the service of Uber which resulted in closing the services temporarily in Paris in 2016. As Uber believes that Paris is a vast marketing industry for its app, it started this new plan as Paris always offers the great users for it. Also, the Uber company promised to start a advance technology centre in the Paris.

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