Sharing their plans for the Canadian market in the year ahead, Uber Canada’s managers have revealed that in addition to ride-hailing and food delivery, the company wants to offer a handful of new services to customers, including alcohol delivery, The Star is reporting.
Interestingly, the majority of Uber Canada’s plans for 2019 are centred around removing cars from roadways. Uber Canada’s general manager Rob Khazzam said that e-scooters and bikes are coming soon to Canada, although he didn’t share when or where.
Khazzam also hinted that Canadians could soon see public transit partnerships just like the one Uber has arranged with Masabi, a mobile ticketing firm that works with transit systems across the U.S. “We want the Uber app on your cellphone to provide you with access to each type of transit that is relevant for you”, he added:
“That means in the future you are going to open the app and not just see Uber X or an ExpressPool or a Pool in a high-end vehicle. We are going to increasingly be providing you with access to different modes of transportation that better the journey you are going on.”
“We tend to be nimble in how we expand. We really want to get things right. Particularly for a new mode of transportation, we are going to be really thoughtful in how we test that and demo it.”
Uber’s California-based rival Lime is already piloting its e-scooters in Waterloo, Ontario, and Bird, and is reportedly looking at expanding into the Canadian market.