As a 6′ 3″ 190 lb male, there aren’t many situations that will make me feel uncomfortable or unsafe. I’ve had some strange and weird encounters while driving for Uber but nothing that ever made me feel like my body was at risk. I think a lot of that has to do with my stature and knowing that I could protect myself in case anything went awry.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case for a lot of female drivers and passengers. Even though the odds of something actually happening are insanely low, I understand the apprehension to fully embrace Uber. There are over 1 million rides on the Uber platform worldwide each day yet there are only a couple stories here and there about bad things happening. We just hear about every single alleged incident since Uber is in the media spotlight right now. I would even go so far as to say that there are even more bad things happening in taxicabs but those stories just aren’t reported.
But even though there is an extremely low percentage of incidents across the Uber platform, I think this is going to remain a hot button issue. As Uber continues to scale, these incidents aren’t going to go away and you’re already seeing Uber add features like an SOS button in India to make riders feel more at ease. [Read more…]