Ride-hailing company, Uber Technologies, has launched new delivery services, dubbed Uber Connect and Uber Direct, a move that suggests a shift in the company’s business, seeing that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on their ride-hailing services.
Whereas Uber Direct will offer deliveries from shops like pharmacies and pet stores, Uber Connect will provide a same-day courier service to let Uber users send items to one another.
Throughout this crisis, we’ve been looking for ways in which our platform can help move essential goods for businesses and consumers, while at the same time provide new earning opportunities for drivers. Our primary focus is immediate: quickly adapting our technology to meet the evolving needs of communities and companies.Uber CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi
The Verge reports that Uber Connect is already available in over 25 cities across Australia, Mexico, and the United States.
Uber Technologies Inc. is an American multinational ridesharing company. Its services include peer-to-peer ridesharing, ride service hailing, food delivery, and a bicycle-sharing system. The company is based in San Francisco and has operations in over 785 metropolitan areas worldwide.