Uber just bought an electric bike-sharing company

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The ride-sharing company announced that they would be purchasing JUMP, a bike-sharing company whom they have been working with in San Francisco since this past January.

But the Luxembourg-based court of justice said the French case resembled one in December when it ruled that Uber was an ordinary transport company instead of an app and should be regulated as such.

The European Union court on Tuesday supported its member states like France to bring criminal proceedings against ridesharing firm Uber for running an illegal taxi service; a fresh setback to the Silicon Valley start-up. About 100 JUMP employees will join Uber, an Uber spokeswoman said.

Khosrowshahi said that this app redesign is just the beginning and that Uber will continue to improve it and add new features that drivers request.

Uber, which allows users to summon a ride through an app on their smartphones, has roiled the traditional taxi industry since it launched in Europe in 2011, triggering protests and clashes with local authorities. From these partnerships Uber is able to offer a dynamic rewards programme which is ultimately created to help driver-partners stay healthy, grow their businesses and reduce their overall operating costs. "Each bike is also being used six or seven times a day", Wakabayashi reports.

"It soon became clear that with such strong synergies and alignment on mission, Jump could better accomplish its goals if it were part of Uber", Rzepecki wrote in his blog post. Its bicycles are designed with a lock built in, so riders lock the bicycles to a rack or pole. Younger startups, including JUMP, mostly offer dockless bicycles to give users more travel flexibility.

Jump founder Ryan Rzepecki first got the idea for his bike-sharing company while studying for his master's degree in urban planning at Hunter College.

Uber in Kenya has formulated partnerships with various corporates to provide tools and offers for driver-partners. The bikes look like relatively standard beach cruisers, as seen above, but with the addition of an electric motor for pedal-free riding.

Dockless bike sharing services including Ofo and Mobike already operate in cities around the United Kingdom, but Uber would inevitably have an advantage because many people already have its app installed on their phones. Several of Uber's worldwide competitors, including Chinese giant Didi, have invested in or partnered with bike-share startups.

"Electric bikes are exciting because they can go longer distances at higher speeds, and handle different (terrains), such as San Francisco's hills", Susan Shaheen, co-director of the UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center tells Said and Lee. "Just tap the "bike" option in the app's menu located at the top left corner of the home screen", Uber's instructions read.