Uber Technologies Inc. said its app launched new features on Wednesday to enable U.S. customers to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments and reserve rental cars.
Customers could schedule an appointment at a Walgreens pharmacy to obtain a vaccine, and book an Uber ride to get there, the company said in a product presentation.
The function, which extends an Uber and Walgreens collaboration revealed in February, represents the broader availability of COVID-19 inoculations in the U.S., where each state has opened vaccines for all adults.
More vaccines mean a faster return to pre-pandemic travel and higher sales for Uber, which tumbled during the pandemic. The number of journeys has risen. March was the strongest month since the pandemic felt the full force.
Also, the company announced collaborations with Avis Budget Group Inc, Hertz and other rental agencies.
U.S. customers can book rental cars via the Uber app from Wednesday, with Uber providing up to 10 percent of the rental cost as a credit for spending on other Uber services.
Users in Washington DC will have their rental car delivered and collected from home in May, after paying Uber a fee, which this year will roll out service nationwide.
In conjunction with Sixt SE, Uber’s smaller competitor Lyft Inc also provides car rentals.
Uber also said it will extend a pre-booking option to more U.S. and European cities and enable customers to book and collect food delivery orders during a ride-hail trip.
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