Uber’s new safety report revealed 5,981 sexual assault complaints during 2017 and 2018.
(It also tracked car accidents, murders, and other types of safety incidents)
- It’s not always the drivers in the wrong – 45% of the allegations were against riders.
- In 2018, 9 people were murdered and 58 killed in crashes while using Uber.
On a positive note. It’s an awful headline, but incidents were actually pretty rare. Uber made 2.3 billion trips during that period and 99.9% of them went off without a hitch.
What is Uber doing to fix this?
To start, Uber is the first ride-hailing company to share these type of numbers. Groups fighting to end sexual assault are praising the voluntary move.
- Lyft is also facing sexual assault allegations. Dozens of women are suing the company.
The report is depressing, but Uber is taking big action!
- Last week they hired 300+ workers that are “dedicated to safety”
- Uber is making driver background checks much stricter
- 3. Added tech that detects an “unexpected long stop” during a trip.
- Uber is adding an in-App emergency button
- Users are now able to report safety incidents at any time.
Prediction: Expect Lyft to follow suit with their own safety report. This is a terrifying issue.
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