In this photo illustration the smart phone taxi app Uber shows how to select a pick up location next to a taxi lane on Oct. 14, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.
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January 18, 2015 11:58 AM EST

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said Sunday that Uber plans to take 400,000 personal vehicles off the road and create 50,000 jobs in Europe this year.

Kalanick said during the Digital-Life-Design Conference kickoff, in Munich, Germany, that the rideshare service will eventually be cheaper to use than owning and driving a vehicle, Re/code reports. Kalanick added that this will be possible with “progressive regulation” in Europe that promotes regulation and safety as opposed to outright bans that prevent competition.

“We want to make 2015 the year where we establish a new partnership with [EU] cities. We want to promote core city functions through partnerships on data and technology,” Kalanick said. “By the end of 2015, if we make these partnerships happen, we’ll create 50,000 new EU jobs. We want to take 400,00 cars off EU roads in 2015.”

Kalanick also said his company will also continue to provide more jobs as its user base expands.

In the past, Uber has battled legal challenges in European countries, including Germany, Spain and France — in addition to cities and countries elsewhere around the globe–and faced criticism over alleged lack of safety and an anti-competitive nature.


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