(Information) – Experience-hailing agency Uber Applied sciences Inc on Thursday mentioned it had obtained greater than three,000 reviews of sexual assault, together with rape, associated to its journeys in america in 2018, at a time when it operated roughly 1.three billion rides.
FILE PHOTO: The Uber brand is displayed on a cell phone on this image illustration taken November 25, 2019. Information/Hannah McKay/Illustration
Uber mentioned here the 2018 figures represented a 16% drop within the price of incidents from the earlier yr within the 5 most severe classes of sexual assault reported.
The corporate additionally mentioned that reviews of assaults on passengers neglected the dangers for drivers. Riders in truth accounted for roughly half of the accused events in circumstances of sexual assault, it mentioned.
Sexual assault and different threats have been a priority broadly for the fast-growing ride-services trade all over the world.
The report comes as Uber is beneath strain from regulators in lots of cities, together with London which not too long ago rescinded the corporate’s license to hold passengers over a “sample of failures” on security and safety.
Uber mentioned the 84-page report confirmed its dedication to transparency with the objective of driving “accountability and enhance security for Uber and all the trade.”
Uber mentioned 99.9% of all of its 2.three billion U.S. journeys in 2017 and 2018 ended with none security incidents.
Uber operates in about 70 international locations and mentioned that it could use what it had discovered in producing the U.S. report for its “subsequent steps” in different places, though it didn’t decide to creating new reviews.
The U.S. report mentioned there have been 9 deadly bodily assaults in 2018, down from 10 in 2017, and that of the overall over these two years, eight have been riders, seven have been drivers utilizing the Uber app, and 4 have been third events reminiscent of bystanders.
Chief Government Dara Khosrowshahi in tweets mentioned the corporate can be higher off for publishing the information.
“I think many individuals can be shocked at how uncommon these incidents are; others will understandably assume they’re nonetheless too widespread. Some folks will recognize how a lot we’ve carried out on security; others will say we now have extra work to do. They may all be proper,” Khosrowshahi wrote.
Reporting by Tina Bellon; Writing by Peter Henderson and Ismail Shakil; Enhancing by Chris Reese and Christopher Cushing