Uber launches electric bike-sharing service in Germany

Move is part of firm’s efforts to patch up its relationship with European governments

Uber has launched an electric bike-sharing service in Germany as part of efforts to repair its relationship with European governments. The controversial ride-hailing app has been prohibited from operating some of its services in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Belgium, after battles with taxi organisations and protests in several cities. Scores of German taxi drivers waved banners reading “Uber go home” outside the conference centre where Dara Khosrowshahi, the Uber chief executive, presented the company’s Jump scheme in Berlin on Wednesday. Khosrowshahi said Uber hoped to reset its relationship with German legislators. “We had a very bad start in Germany,” he said, arriving on stage with one of the red bikes. “We’re here now in order to try again.”

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