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Safety-First Rideshare Service Launched in Michigan

Published on Oct 15, 2020 at 7:21 am in Rideshare Safety.

In an effort to combat safety issues typically experienced by rideshare passengers through companies like Uber and Lyft, a new Dearborn, MI-based rideshare service, called Zoom Ride, has launched in four Michigan counties, including Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Washtenaw.

According to the founders of Zoom Ride, the new company was designed to fill gaps in the current rideshare marketplace by improving customer and driver safety and satisfaction. In addition to that, the company is also offering increased income for drivers.

Uber Mandates Mask Verification After Banning More Than 1,250 Riders

Published on Sep 25, 2020 at 7:50 am in Rideshare Safety.

In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Uber implement their “No Mask. No Ride.” policy in May. Riders, drivers, and delivery people were required to wear a mask when using or providing Uber services. Even with the policy in place, some of chosen not to abide by the policy. As a result, the company has banned more than 1,250 riders for failed compliance. Now, the company is taking further action to enforce its mask policy.

Uber Expands Self-Driving Safety Report

Published on Aug 31, 2020 at 7:17 am in Rideshare Safety.

In light of the National Transportation Safety Board placing partial blame on Uber for a fatal 2018 crash, Uber has vowed to publicize more in-depth safety information regarding its self-driving vehicles.

According to Bloomberg, Uber supports the idea of transparency. The company will make a Safety Case Framework for public release. Additionally, the company plans to establish an independent Safety and Responsibility Advisory Board.

New Uber Partnership Promotes Driver/Rider Confirmation

Published on Jul 2, 2020 at 7:22 am in Rideshare Safety.

Over a year ago, Samantha Josephson unknowingly got into the wrong Uber car in Columbia, South Carolina. Fourteen hours later, the 21-year-old was found dead in a wooded area 90 miles away. To promote ride safety among college students and reduce the risk of others being harmed, Uber has partnered with The #WHATSMYNAME Foundation.

According to CNET, The #WHATSMYNAME Foundation was created by Josephson’s parents in order to raise awareness and collaborate with Uber to promote safety. The Foundation has already made significant progress in its public education efforts—which includes encouraging riders to ask drivers “what’s my name” before getting into a vehicle. It’s partnered with colleges, businesses, and municipalities all over the United States to create rideshare safety zones, which they refer to as SAMI.