Ground TransportationPartnership with CarTrawler sees limited trial of rental cars Down Under

Uber shifts gears into car rentals

Australians will soon be able to rent cars from Uber.
Australians will soon be able to rent cars from Uber. Photo Credit: Tourism Australia

DUBLIN - Ride sharing company Uber is trialling car rental in Australia in partnership with Dublin-based B2B travel technology platform, CarTrawler.

The trial has kicked off in Brisbane and will be extended to the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide.

Uber Rent allows users to book rental cars via the Uber app but only 50% of users will be eligible.

Uber Australia and New Zealand general manager Dom Taylor said, “Because this is a completely new product for Uber and hasn't been trialled internationally before, we want to see what the response is like before we expand it to more cities.

“While many Australians will drive to a wine region, down the coast or explore the mountains in their own car – not everyone has access to their own private vehicle,” Mr Taylor added.

“At Uber we believe you should always be able to get around, even if you don’t own your own car.”

Users will also receive 10% of their purchase back in ‘Uber Credit’ to use on Uber rides and orders with Uber Eats.

Last week Hertz in the United States filed for bankruptcy protection after its business slumped during the coronavirus pandemic and talks with creditors failed to reach a satisfactory result for the century-old car rental company.

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