E-scooters sharing startups are as dominant as Uber or Lyft in this crazy and well-funded transportation business that is revolutionizing transit in America.
At the same time, Uber learns that may eventually dominate sharing scooter parts before companies like Bird, Lyft and Ofo can exploit its core car-hailing business.
Santosh Rao, a political scientist at Uber, published a medium on Thursday that showed Uber rides as a whole declined 1
Mike Dudas, an entrepreneur who had previously led the mobile business development at Venmo, PayPal and Google, shared the media article in a tweet that becomes viral.
According to Dudas, the analysis shows that Uber's "core RKT business is in dense urban areas with scooters if they do not own them," he said in his own words.
"Bird and Lime" – two scooter-sharing companies that are said to become the Uber and Lyft scooter division due to their explosive user growth, "are looking more and more brilliant," Dudas said.
Jump, a startup company that produces red electric motorcycles for the streets of San Francisco, Chicago, Austin and Washington, DC, has partnered with Uber in February to allow users to drive on its app. Later, Uber acquired Jump for nearly $ 200 million, giving it a hue in the game as consumers tried out new means of transportation.
According to Uber researchers, the total number of trips booked on Uber-App has risen by 15% since February – for people who have completed at least one trip per week on average (in a Uber car or on a Jump bike) ) after her first jump.
"The overall increase is due to the use of eBikes," Rao wrote.
He added, "In summary, e-bikes were popular with these early users, and some Uber rides were replaced by jumps, especially in busy times, which is a promising early indication of eBike's ability to jam alleviating and reducing the fact that the demand for eBikes is currently limited by the limited supply (there are only 250 Jump Bikes in San Francisco), this is all the more promising. "
This entry does not specify from which cities Uber has collected data. We've contacted Uber here for more information about his methodology and will update when we hear back.
It has also failed to mention the meteoric rise of scooter sharing, which one day could cut into Uber's car-hailing business in the same way as jump bikes. Scooters are good for even shorter journeys than e-bikes and are one less reason to book a car.
Shortly after jump bikes appeared on the streets and sidewalks of San Francisco, electric scooters invaded. Hundreds of vehicles covered the city before local officials issued cease and desist orders to their operators and imposed a temporary ban.
Twelve companies, including Bird, Lime, Uber (via Jump) and Lyft, have applied for permission to operate scooters in San Francisco. The city is expected to issue a maximum of five permits in August, TechCrunch said Thursday.
When Uber joins the fight, the company shows that it refuses to stay in the dust.