Uber is now letting people rent entire cars from the app

The automotive rental program, referred to as Uber Rent, will supply in-app bookings from manufacturers like Avis and Hertz, in accordance with Uber.

Prices will probably be set by the rental firms, Uber mentioned, and it’ll take a minimize of the bookings, just like how touring reserving websites function.

There has been a shortage of leases cars in the US after rental firms offered off a lot of their idle fleets early in the Covid-19 pandemic.

Uber believes it could entice prospects to order leases cars with it by streamlining the expertise with a decluttered look following suggestions from person testing. It additionally mentioned it is going to initially supply a ten% rebate on all bookings with Uber Cash, cash that may be spent on Uber’s app for different purchases. The firm did not say how lengthy the 10% low cost will final for.

Its competitor Lyft started offering car rentals in its app in 2019 and has expanded in 15 states and the District of Columbia by means of a partnership with the automotive rental firm Sixt.

Uber’s valet service will launch in DC subsequent month, and Uber mentioned it plans to develop driving cars to prospects nationwide later this yr. The worth for valet service will probably be just like the price of an on-demand trip, in accordance with a spokesman who declined to supply extra specifics.

Rental deliveries may be contactless given social distancing considerations. Uber mentioned it is going to develop authentication strategies like utilizing a PIN code to verify solely the buyer can entry their car. (DC, the place Uber will launch Uber Valet, has seen a rise in auto thefts this year.)
Valet drivers will probably be drawn from anybody on Uber’s platform who is over 25, opted into its “Work Hub” program, and joined the Avis Preferred membership program. Tips may be left for Valet drivers.

Uber made the automotive rental announcement throughout an occasion Wednesday that unveiled new merchandise, together with a method to e-book rides to vaccines in its app.