Uber calls for ride-sharing

Uber says it will encourage carpooling in cities in a bid to ease congestion.

Its service, UberPool, matches consumers with others heading in a similar direction. In San Francisco it accounts for almost half of all Uber journeys and the company is setting a similar goal in London.

Speaking to MPs in response to a Transport Committee investigation into reducing congestion, Uber’s UK head of public policy, Andrew Byrne, said, ‘One of the key things we think about cities, given rising population, given rising demand for mobility and given the fact public transport will never quite get from door to door, we want to use the only extra capacity in system, which is most often spare seats next to someone in a vehicle when they are driving.’