The American company of shared car travel Uber is preparing to take charge of Jump bikes, a startup of electric bicycles shared, announced both companies this Monday.
Jump and Uber were already partners in San Francisco, where the network of 250 bicycles-which can be taken and left anywhere using an integrated GPS-is available through the Uber app in the western part of the city since the beginning of the year.
The test had “a very strong start, with users enjoying, in a comfortable and friendly way, to circulate from top to bottom by our hills features,” said Uber Executive President Dara Khosrowshahi in a blog post, without revealing the terms of the Purchase.
The new York-based Jump company and around 100 workers will be a subsidiary of Uber and offer bicycles around the world through the Uber application. For now, in addition to San Francisco, Jump bikes are also available in Washington DC.
In addition to offering their own bikes, Jump bikes sells to the cities their technology under the name of Social bicycles and, according to the company, there are already 40 cities in six countries that use their system with different names.