Uber is partnering with Clorox to provide disinfectant wipes to drivers in select cities. When hailing a ride, passengers will be prompted through the Uber app to use the wipes to sanitize the backseat before and after every trip.
Starting this month, Uber, with Clorox’s help, plans to provide nearly 600,000 canisters of Clorox Disinfecting Wipes to drivers in Atlanta, Chicago, and New York City. Drivers can confirm they have wipes available in their vehicle via the driver checklist. If a rider is connected with a driver with wipes, they will be informed about the wipes and told which surfaces the company recommends cleaning.
Those recommendations are based on high-touch surfaces identified by Clorox. Drivers are asked to focus on cleaning the steering wheel, gear shifts, cup holders, and door handles. Riders should focus on the back area of the car, including the seat belt buckles, window controllers, and door handles.
This new pilot program starts as COVID-19 cases continue to surge across many parts of the United States. While the country has seen more than 125,000 deaths and 2.5 million cases of the virus since the beginning of the year, rideshare usage is starting to pick up again as states reopen and lift shelter-in-place orders.
In a blog post about the partnership, Uber had this to say: “As we navigate a new normal and cities continue to reopen, we want all Uber users to travel with confidence. That starts with clean cars. Cleanliness is a shared responsibility and riders should also be making an effort to sanitize the frequently touched areas in the back of the car to help create a cleaner environment for themselves, the driver, and the next passenger.”
Prior to this initiative, Uber had given over five million masks and 115,000 unites of other cleaning supplies to drivers in the United States and Canada. Through their partnership with Clorox, drivers in the pilot cities will have continued access to supplies.
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