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Uber Receives 3,045 Cases of Sexual Assault in U.S. in Year 2018

"We are partnering with RAINN, the nation's largest sexual violence organisation, to design and implement this programme," Uber added

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

Ride-hailing giant Uber has released its first safety review which contains thousands of sexual assault reports. The company has also revealed the changes it was making to make rides safer for its passengers and drivers.

The two-year safety review contains almost 2,936 reports pertaining to sexual assault that Uber received in 2017 and 3,045 it received in 2018.

Notably, the cab aggregator categorises sexual assaults into five subcategories, which are non-consensual kissing of a non-sexual body part, non-consenual touching of a sexual body part, attempted non-consensual sexual penetration, non-consensual kissing of a sexual body part and non-consensual sexual penetration.

In the last sub category, which is rape, the cab hailing major received 229 reports of rape in 2017 and 235 reports of rape in 2018. Throughout 2017 and 2018, the reported incidents occurred on 0.00002% of trips, according to the company.

“Confronting sexual violence requires honesty, and it’s only by shining a light on these issues that we can begin to provide clarity on something that touches every corner of society,” Tony West, Uber’s Chief Legal Officer, said in the review.

“And, most importantly, by bringing hard data to bear, we can make every trip safer for drivers and riders alike.”

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The ride hailing major long been under fire for its safety practices.

In its response to making rides safer for its passengers, Uber mentioned developments like its “in-app safety button”.

“We’re rolling out new features that allow riders to verify their driver with a secure PIN code, send a text message directly to 911 operators, and report safety incidents to Uber even before their trip is over,” the company said.

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In 2020, the cab aggregator will expand sexual misconduct and assault education to all the US drivers.

“We are partnering with RAINN, the nation’s largest sexual violence organisation, to design and implement this programme,” Uber added. (IANS)

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Ride Hailing Giant Uber Starts its Services in Vancouver

Uber, Lyft start ride hailing services in Vancouver

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Uber has started its official rides and app in Vancouver, British Columbia, making it the last major city in North America to get the cab hailing services. Pixabay

Ride hailing giant Uber has started its official rides and app in Vancouver, British Columbia, making it the last major city in North America to get the cab hailing services.

This isn’t the first attempt that the ride hailing giant has made to operate in Vancouver. The city was one of the first target markets outside of the US during the company’s expansion in 2012.

However, the British Columbia Passenger Transportation Board, an independent tribunal that makes licensing decisions for commercial passenger-directed vehicles, informed Uber that it would need to charge a minimum of $75 per trip, the same as other chauffeur services, which caused the company to exit the market, wccftech reported on Saturday.

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This isn’t the first attempt that the ride hailing giant has made to operate in Vancouver. This isn’t the first attempt that Uber has made to operate in Vancouver. Pixabay

It is pertinent to note that people in Vancouver, BC can hail rides from San Fransisco headquartered Lyft, too.

The approvals technically cover the whole of the Lower Mainland and the skiing destination of Whistler, BC, although that wider permission only allows for drop-offs.

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The companies only have permission to pick up passengers in Vancouver.

Most other cities in the region (including Burnaby and Richmond) expect to offer licenses soon, though, with Surrey being the notable exception, according to Engadget. (IANS)