Uber has moved to try and ease relations across Europe with the announcement of plans that will see the the firm create 50,000 new jobs, according to the company’s chief executive.
Speaking at the DLD event in Munich, Travis Kalanick said the online taxi business could work in partnership with cities across Europe, the results of which could see the creation of 50,000 new jobs.
Uber, which helps users connect with taxi drivers via its mobile app and website operates in more than 200 cities around the world and was recently valued at $40 billion.
However, Uber’s rapid expansion over the the past year has seen the company encounter numerous problems with regulators all over the world.
As a result, the company has seen itself on the receiving end of court injunctions in France, Germany and Italy. One of Uber’s services was recently declared illegal in Thailand and was banned outright by officials in China. The service has also sparked protests from taxi drivers in London.
Critics of Uber have also questioned the quality of checks for its drivers after a woman in India was allegedly raped by a taxi driver from Uber. The company has also faced accusations of flouting the rules with regards to competition.
Regarding its plans to create 50,000 new jobs, Mr Kalanick said: “Uber is committed to establishing new partnerships with Europe’s cities to ensure innovation, harness powerful economic benefits and promote core city functions.”
“At the end of 2015, if we can make these partnerships happen, we create 50,000 new EU jobs,” he continued.
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