Multinational ride-hailing giant Uber announced today the formation of a new partnership with Cityscoot to bring the French company's electric scooter rental services to the Île-de-France region in France. Users will soon be able to hire e-mopeds and similar modes of transport from the Uber app directly thanks to in-app integration with Cityscoot.
The multinational ride-sharing platform intends to introduce the new options over the coming weeks for travelers in or around the city of Paris. Soon these users will be able to book one of 4000 electric scooters provided by Cityscoot straight from the Uber app. The new moped feature will be placed on the home screen, beside other options such as cars and bikes.
Billy Guernier, Uber’s head of New Mobility Platform commented on the collaboration:
“We’re delighted to find new ways for people to move around without the need to own a car. The integration of Cityscoot in the Uber app shows how we can become a one stop-shop for all your mobility needs while giving Cityscoot the opportunity to reach new customers. We are proud to help a local player - leader on its market and recognized as a national champion by French government - grow faster and further expand in Europe.”
Soon services offered by Uber, JUMP and Cityscoot will be available all in one place to the people of Île-de-France. To make things easier, Uber has recommended choosing the following options to its users depending on the distance to they wish to travel:
- JUMP scooters to travel extremely short distances of up to two kilometers
- JUMP bikes for short distances which exceed three kilometers
- E-mopeds for distances measuring approximately four kilometers
- Cars for longer distances which measure nine kilometers or more
Bertrand Fleurose, CEO of Cityscoot, also spoke up about the alliance with Uber:
“Our partnership with Uber complements their offer and allows us to get further visibility among their wide rider-base. With the convenience and ease of use of our e-mopeds, I trust this will result in additional trips. The strength of the Uber platform will contribute to our expansion in France and beyond, and will boost our growth."
As for the payment process, customers will have to pay for the electric scooters directly from within the Uber application. Users will be charged the same rates as the Cityscoot app offers - which is 29 cents per minute.
Meanwhile, the standalone Cityscoot application will continue to exist as it did before, without any changes in its services or prices. Those who wish to use the services provided by the French start-up can open up the app and book electric mopeds as they usually would.