Uber has unveiled its first global expansion plans, but one of the rideshare companies is taking it a step further.
The ride-hailing company said it would expand its business in countries including the United Kingdom, Brazil, and the Philippines by the end of the year.
Uber said in a statement that the expansion will help it “better connect customers with drivers in emerging markets and accelerate growth in our global business.”
It will include new “vehicle-to-demand” platforms for both UberX and UberPool, as well as “long-term partnership opportunities,” including “partnerships with existing and new drivers.”
It also said that it plans to add 1,200 drivers for its fleet.
The company will focus on developing and expanding “partnering relationships,” including in “customer-centric” cities.
It said it plans on investing in new technology and partnerships in order to provide more secure rides and a better customer experience.
The announcement follows months of pressure from Uber to bring more service to more parts of the world, especially in areas where it is not dominant.
The UberX program is a popular one for drivers, with more than 30 million rides in the United States, according to data from Lyft.
But the company’s growth has slowed in recent years as competition from Lyft and other ride-sharing companies has pushed drivers to more traditional alternatives.
The company has struggled to keep up with Uber’s surge pricing and surge-avoidance technology, and has also struggled to increase ridership.