Uber begins testing bus and train bookings in the UK

Uber begins testing bus and train bookings in the UK
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Uber has begun testing a feature that allows UK citizens to book rail and bus transport.

By allowing users to book alternative transport types at the same time as their traditional car rides, Uber hopes to become a one-stop shop for journeys.

“We’re excited to launch our new travel offering this summer, allowing a seamless door-to-door travel experience across the UK,” said Andrew Brem, GM of Uber UK, in a statement.

For the feature, Uber has teamed up with Berlin-based Omio.

Omio has its own app but also offers a business-to-business API that it’s been providing to a growing number of third parties, including KAYAK and the London North Eastern Railway. The service features over 1,000 transportation partners across 37 countries. Train and bus/coach travel is Omio’s speciality, but it also supports air and ferry transport.

As part of the partnership, Uber will pay Omio to license its technology and give the company a share of trips booked via Uber’s app.

The new feature brings Uber closer to CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s vision of making the company the “Amazon of transportation”.

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