Transport giant Uber has unveiled a new feature to get you from A to B, with Sydney chosen as one of the first cities in the world to make use of it.
By the end of the month, Sydneysiders will be able to use Uber’s first fully-integrated multimodal feature – Uber and Transit.
In simple terms, it will allow Sydneysiders to find the best combination of UberX and public transport to get them to their destination.
The new feature was announced as part of Uber’s global sustainability initiatives in San Francisco overnight.
“But with 60 per cent of trips using Uber beginning or ending in areas with limited access to frequent public transport, we wanted to make it easier to get from A to B using not just either public transport or UberX, but with a mix of both,” a spokeswoman for the company said.
“Uber and Transit is a new option in the Uber app that considers thousands of permutations to find the best combination of UberX and public transport to get you to your destination.
“Once the best route is found, you can use Uber to request a trip to the recommended station, all while monitoring real-time transit timetables. It will launch first in Sydney and Chicago later this month.”
NSW Transport and Roads Minister Andrew Constance welcomed the announcement saying it gives Sydneysiders more options in getting from A to B.
“It might mean they are better off using a mixture of Uber services and public transport to make their journey more cost effective and time efficient,” he said.
“This collaboration is so great, because it will help people make better decisions about getting around our city and as a result help to reduce congestion, which is a win for our transport commuters and a win for our drivers.”
Sydneysiders will begin to see Uber and Transit in the app from the end of this month.