Covid - 19 - April 28 - Wednesday - UberUber Technologies Inc said it had launched new features in its app to allow American customers to book COVID - 19 appointments and reserve rental cars.
Customers would be able to make an appointment at Walgreens to get a vaccine and an Uber ride to travel there, said the company in a product presentation.
The feature, which has expanded an Uber and Walgreens partnership announced in February, reflects the wider availability of COVID 19 vaccines in the United States, where every state has opened up vaccination to all adults.
More vaccinations for Uber mean a faster return to pre-pandemic travel and more revenue. It has tumbled during the health crisis.The business had already begun to improve with March as the best month since the Pandemic was felt.
Sundeep Jain, chief product officer of Uber, said that the company was evaluating opportunities to expand the vaccine program to other countries.
The company has also announced partnership with Avis Budget Group Inc, Hertz and other rental agencies.
From Wednesday, U.S. customers can book rental cars through the Uber app, with Uber offering up to 10% of the rental cost as a credit to the user to spend on other Uber services.
In May, users in Washington D.C. can have their rental car delivered to their home and collected by them after paying a fee to Uber, which will rollout the service nationwide this year.
Jain said that users will be able to manage most rental car files digitally, but declined to comment on the financial details of the partnerships.
The smaller Uber rival Sixt SE already offers car rentals in partnership with Lyft Inc.
Uber also said it would expand the possibility of reserving rides in advance to more European cities and allows customers to book and collect food delivery orders during a ride-hail trip.