Residents in Sydney will be among the first in the world to trial a new feature by Uber that allows users to mix and match ridesharing with public transport.
The feature, known as "Uber and Transit", will allow users to compare the most time efficient route to their destination – which may involve taking an UberX to a train station, bus stop or ferry terminal.
Announcing the feature at its head office in San Francisco, Uber said the feature will be rolled out in Sydney and Chicago later this month.
NSW Transport and Roads Minister Andrew Constance welcomed the feature, saying it will give Sydneysiders more options to travel cheaply and quickly.
"What's so great about this technology is it allows commuters to look at their best option of getting from A to B," Mr Constance said.
"It might mean they are better off using a mixture of Uber services and public transport to make their journey more cost effective and time efficient.
"This collaboration is so great, because it will help people make better decisions about getting around our city and as a result help to reduce congestion, which is a win for our transport commuters and a win for our drivers."
The ridesharing app argues the feature will help reduce road congestion and emissions over time by increasing the occupancy of Sydney's public transport.
Once the app has collected data from its rollout in Sydney and Chicago it is likely the feature will begin to be rolled out globally.
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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/sydney-news-uber-to-trial-world-first-public-transport-feature/06ce5be8-0eb2-48d7-8500-90e8568bd743