As part of its expected safety report, Uber revealed Thursday that more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported in its service in the United States during 2018.
The figure includes 235 violations among the 1.3 billion trips the company made. The passenger transport service highlighted that both drivers and passengers were attacked, and that some of the cases occurred among passengers.
The report, which the company proclaimed as the first of its kind, provides an unusual glimpse into the reported road deaths, murders and sexual assaults that occurred during the hundreds of millions of trips per year that are made in the United States through the service of Uber The document is part of the company’s attempt to be more transparent after years of criticism about its security background.
In 2017, the company accounted for 2,936 reported cases of sexual assault during the 1,000 million trips it made in the United States. Uber bases its figures on passenger and driver reports, which means that the figure could be much higher. Usually, sexual assaults are not reported.
“I suspect that many will be surprised at how unusual these incidents are; others, understandably, will think they are still too recurring,” tweeted Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi about it. “Some will appreciate how much we have done on security issues; others will say that there is much to do. Everyone will be right.”
The price of Uber shares fell more than 1% in operations after closing.
Uber and his competitor, Lyft, have faced strong criticism for not taking sufficient measures to protect the safety of their passengers and drivers. Dozens of women filed a lawsuit against Lyft on the grounds that the company had to do more to protect them from attacks by drivers. A Connecticut woman filed a lawsuit against Uber last month, ensuring that her driver sexually assaulted her.
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