Uber is seeing rapid growth in multiple markets, including the US, and the outlook is for continued improvement, according to executives on a first quarter earnings call. Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, said mobility (which includes ride sharing) picked up pace in March and improved further in April as a result of strong vaccination rates in several key markets, including the US, with that trend expected to continue. Some markets like Miami are seeing growth over 2019, while others — including New York City, New Jersey, Austin, Houston, Dallas and Atlanta — were 70% to 80 % recovered versus 2019 levels. Overall, US gross bookings improved 5% month-on-month in April, and were 62% recovered versus April of 2019. Outside the US, there was significant improvement in several markets in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and Hong Kong, which were all positive versus April 2019. Commenting on a driver shortage resulting from loss of business and safety concerns, Khosrowshahi said the company is continuing to “lean in” with targeted incentives for new and existing drivers to build up significant supply, “which will enable us to achieve maximum velocity as the recovery plays out.” Khosrowshahi mentioned several new products, including the ability to rent a car from providers like Avis and Hertz through the Uber app; and a new valet feature that enables a car to be dropped off and picked up from a customer’s home at any time.