Uber is asking people to sign up for early access to its new car rental service
- Uber is asking users to sign up for early access to Uber Rent, the company's car rental service.
- Uber Rent will let people find a nearby car and drive it themselves for a short period.
Soon, you'll be able rent a car from Uber.
The ride-hailing company has taken its first step into car rentals by including a new "Rent a Car" option in its app. The rental service doesn't appear to actually be live yet, but Uber users in San Francisco will notice new options within the app asking them to sign up, and suggesting an imminent rollout.
Uber Rent, which will initially be limited to San Francisco, will work in partnership with Getaround, a car sharing service that lets anyone make their car available for people to rent.
Uber announced Uber Rent in April, but this is the first time Uber has made the service available for signup within the app. In the Uber app, San Francisco users will be able to see which cars are available to rent on Getaround, reserve a car, and pay for it.
To sign up for the new Uber car rental feature, first click on the left-hand hamburger menu inside the app:
Uber then provides a few more details of the rental service, which is still in "beta" testing, and will invite you to sign up for early access to provide feedback:
Congratulations - "You're a trailblazer!" You can't actually rent a car right away, but it looks like Uber will give you a heads up when a vehicle is available. How much it will cost and how exactly it will work remains unclear. Stay tuned.