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Uber announces integration with Lime, for renting scooters within its app in Chile

"The integration with Lime represents another step in Uber's strategy to open its platform to bring together several services in the same app," said the general manager for Uber Chile

lime e-scooters
Lime e-scooters. Photo: Lime Facebook
  • Available in over 60 cities, such as Rio de Janeiro, now Uber users in Chile will also be able to rent Lime electric scooters in the ride-hailing app;
  • The integration will be eligible for Uber users in Las Condes, in the Santiago metropolitan region, to soon expand to the other Chilean communes;
  • “The integration with Lime represents another step in Uber’s strategy to open its platform to bring together several services in the same app,” said Alberto Vignau, General Manager for Uber Chile.

Lime electric scooters are now available for rent through the Uber app in Chile, the ride-hailing company informed this past week.

Through the integration, Uber users will be able to see the scooters available in the app map, after choosing the menu’s new option Dos Ruedas (Two Wheels, in Spanish). Prices are the same as in the Lime app, CLP 400 to unlock the vehicle and CLP 100 per minute of use.

Initially, the integration will be eligible for Uber users in Las Condes, in the Santiago metropolitan region, to soon expand to the other Chilean communes where Lime scooters are.

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“The integration with Lime represents another step in Uber’s strategy to open its platform to bring together several services in the same app and be the operating system for people’s day-to-day lives,” said Alberto Vignau, General Manager for Uber Chile.

“Now, users will be able to choose if they want to request a car ride, order food, do their grocery shopping, send or receive packages, buy bus tickets or rent an electric scooter, all in the Uber app.”

As Vignau points out, in addition to the ride-hailing service, Uber also has in its platform in the country the Uber Transit, a feature within Uber’s app to create multimodal trips by finding combinations between UberX and public transport (available in Santiago); Uber Eats, for ordering food; and grocery shopping, through the Chilean app Cornershop, acquired by Uber in 2020.

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Currently, Lime scooters are available to rent through the Uber app in over 60 cities around the world. In early February, Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, also joined that list.

The San Francisco-based micromobility firm moved back to Latin America in August 2020, after a first difficult start. Lime received a $170 million investment from Uber in May and took control of the Uber-Jump operation (first Uber’s electric scooter sharing service initiative in December 2019).

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