Uber reportedly wants to expand its offerings beyond driver services and Uber Eats. Under the code name “Chore,” the ride-hailing company is reportedly planning a TaskRabbit-like service – TaskRabbit is a gig economy platform that offers local work to contractors. According to Bloomberg, Uber’s efforts were discovered in hidden code in the iPhone app.
Code discovered in iPhone app
The potential new service offers the option of requesting a so-called “tasker” for a period of at least one hour. Interested clients can therefore enter the type, place of execution and approximate duration of the work in the app as well as the desired time at which it should be completed or the contractor should arrive on site. In the app, the costs are determined based on the order details, reports Bloomberg.
According to developer Steve Moser, who discovered the code in the iPhone app, the “chore” project (e.g. “housework” or “routine work”) does not yet contain any examples of possible work in “an early phase”. Competing apps such as TaskRabbit or Angi offer tasks such as assembling televisions and furniture, repairing household appliances, cleaning work and relocation assistance.
Rollout of gig economy expansion unclear
Uber itself declined to comment on “Chore”. It is still unclear whether and when Uber will release the Gig Economy extension in its app for testing or in general. Previous discoveries in the app code also showed that Uber is working on an artificial intelligence-based chatbot that will improve and speed up the ordering process in Uber Eats, Bloomberg reports.
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In August, Uber reported operating profit for the first time ever. The arranging of rides and food deliveries increased, and income from advertising on the vehicles and in the app was added.
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