Over the previous few years, Uber — amongst other ridesharing services — has been accused of failing to reply adequately to reports of sexual assault and different crimes linked to these on its platform. Now the corporate has released its first safety report (PDF), together with various notes about steps it is taking to make issues safer for passengers and drivers.
The almost 6,000 reports of sexual abuse Uber stated it has acquired over 2017 and 2018, or the 19 fatal physical assaults leap out of the pages of the lengthy report. Whereas Uber correctly notes that even these are from only a fraction of a % of the 2.3 billion trips taken throughout that period, each is devastating for those involved.
Uber talked about developments like its In-app security button, in addition to new adjustments. It would share the names of deactivated drivers with different platforms for the primary time, to allow them to begin taking over passengers someplace else simply, and subsequent year it would expand sexual misconduct education training for drivers in a partnership with RAINN that may even include the creation of a Survivor Help hotline “that will provide confidential crisis support and specialized services to survivors.”
Modifications you will see within the app will include an possibility for a four-digit PIN that helps drivers and riders verify one another, the national rollout of the power to report non-questions of safety throughout a trip and text-to-911 help throughout the app for each rider and drivers, as riders make up almost half the accused parties on severe sexual assault categories.