SAN FRANCISCO, April 7 App-based car ride
company Uber will deliver a new business line on Tuesday when it
launches a trial courier service in Manhattan.
"Better, faster, cheaper," is how Uber's general manager
in New York, Josh Mohrer, described the service in a tweet to
Reuters. Customers will be able to watch the progress of their
packages in its transportation application, much as they can
track the progress of the cars they order up on the service.
Uber has long held ambitions beyond rides, with chief
executive, Travis Kalanick, saying publicly that he thinks of
his business as an urban logistics service. But beyond
publicity stunts involving delivery of items such as kittens,
ice cream and Christmas trees, Uber has yet to provide anything
Uber's outsized goals are part of the reason that investors
have poured around $400 million into the company, valuing it at
$3.5 billion. With a service that stitches together the buzziest
categories in entrepreneurship such as mapping, smartphones and
local services, Uber is widely seen as one of the hottest
properties in Silicon Valley.
Currently, Uber operates in dozens of cities around the
world, ranging from its hometown of San Francisco to Berlin and
VentureBeat was first to report the news of the courier
Details on the service will be coming later Monday in a blog
post, Mohrer said in a Twitter message.
(Reporting by Sarah McBride; editing by Andrew Hay)