Uber CEO Dara Khosravshahi speaks at a product launch event in San Francisco, California, on September 26, 2019.

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Uber is moving forward with its plan to become a travel “superprogram”.

The San Francisco-based firm announced Wednesday that it is adding trains, buses, planes and car rentals to its UK program this year. The move is part of a pilot program that could be extended to other countries later if all goes well.

Although Uber will not provide these travel services itself, it will allow users to book them through its app after integrating the software with platforms that sell tickets.

The tech giant, which could cut each booking, said it plans to announce various partners in the coming months.

Uber said the integration will help boost app usage among users in the UK who also have the ability to use apps like Bolt and Free Now. The UK is one of Uber’s largest markets outside the US

Jamie Haywood, Uber’s boss in the UK, said in a statement that Uber hopes to become “one window for all your travel needs”.

“You could book trips, bikes, boat services and scooters in the Uber app for a number of years, so the addition of trains and buses is a natural progress,” he said.

He added: “Later this year, we plan to include flights and, in the future, hotels, integrating leading partners into the Uber app to create a seamless door-to-door travel experience.”

Uber also plans to allow people to buy Eurostar train tickets through the app. Eurostar allows travelers to travel from London to Paris and other cities through the Channel Tunnel.

The announcement came after Uber’s recent victory.

On March 26, Uber received a 30-month license to continue operating in London, ending a long struggle with city regulators over whether the app for the trip was “fit and proper”.

But the company is lagging behind the schedule in its “superadap” plans.

In 2018, Uber CEO Dara Khosrovshahi said she wanted to add more transportation options to the app.

“It’s fair to say that Covid has slightly prevented us from progressing as fast as we would like,” Haywood told The Financial Times.

In pre-market trading on Wednesday, Uber shares fell 1.6% to $ 34.40 at 6:40 a.m. ET.

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