Uber safety report reveals thousands of sexual assault reports a year ago

Uber safety report reveals thousands of sexual assault reports a year ago

"And when you're operating at that kind of scale, thankfully, 99.9 percent of those rides end with absolutely no safety incident whatsoever".

"Voluntarily publishing a report that discusses these hard safety issues is not easy, "Uber Chief Legal Officer Tony West wrote in a blog post".

Uber drivers reported almost as many allegations of sexual assault as passengers, who made 56 percent of the claims.

For sexual assault related incidents, there were 2,059 instances that occurred in 2017, the report said.

Experts note that sexual assault is a chronically underreported issue, however, and the figures were likely to undercount the true prevalence of sexual offenses on the app.

Nine "fatal physical assaults" were reported in 2018, down from 10 in 2017.

Another safety report is scheduled to come out in two years, the company stated.

It was reported in June 2018 that more than 2,500 Uber drivers in London had been investigated for sexual assault, stalking and risky driving - however it was not clear which time frame this related to. Though the raw number of incidents rose slightly, the frequency of assaults declined because of an increase of 300 million US rides between 2017 and 2018. However, as its report noted, sexual assaults are often not reported, so the actual numbers could be much higher.

It said that during those two years 2.3 billion trips were taken in its cars over the two years and in just 2018, 58 people had been killed in vehicle crashes, while nine were murdered. During the two-year period, a fatal crash occurred on one in every 20 million trips. For instance, Thomson Reuters Foundation 2018 survey says India is the most risky country for sexual violence against women.

"We encourage riders and drivers to report any safety issue -big or small- to Uber because this information helps us maintain and enhance the safety of our platform". By publishing the data, Uber is taking an unusual step for a company by drawing attention to the dangers of its product. However, Uber said the trend need not remain this way, as releasing such data may lead to an increase in reporting of such incidents in the future. "They have refused to make any changes until we started filing lawsuits", Mr Bomberger said.

Rideshare companies "know what features can be added that work". Uber implemented various safety features in September ranging from the ability to directly text 911 emergency responders to a new technology that uses ultrasound waves for automatically verifying a ride.

The firm, which operates in 70 countries, said the report showed its commitment to transparency to improve accountability and safety industry-wide. "This includes traffic fatalities, fatal physical assaults, and sexual assault".

Today, Uber's CEO, Dara Khosrowshani, posted this safety report on Twitter explaining that he "suspects many people will be surprised at how rare these incidents are; others will understandably think they're still too common".

Uber had warned the investors ahead of its initial public offering in April that the planned release of its safety report could affect its valuation, CNN reported at the time.

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