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Devin Culham

Hey Ladies! Here's One Solution for Dodging Sketchy Uber Rides

It's past 2am, you've had a drink or two (or five) and now you need to manage your way home alone.

We’ve heard the sketchy stories about individuals getting attacked, sexually assaulted, or even killed during a seemingly regular request for an Uber ride.

Recently, a customer service representative at Uber revealed via screen shop a shocking number of driving tickets that had been served to Uber drivers. Per the picture, a query of ‘sexual assault’ returned 6,160 issued tickets, which a search for ‘rape’ returned 5,827 individual tickets.

(Buzzfeed News - Internal Data Offers Glimpse at Uber Sexual Assault Complaints)

Enough to make you a little nervous, right?

With this in mind, a former driver for Uber, Michael Pelletz, came up with the concept that would eventually become Chariot for Women. An Uber-esque business model designed for women and provided by women.

According to Pelletz, the inspiration for the service occurred after a particularly nerve-racking experience that caused Pellets to pull over and alert the police over a deranged and incoherent passenger. The experience left him considering, “What if I were a women?”

And thus, Chariot for Women was born and the platform is slated to make its debut on April 19th.


(Photo Courtesy of BostInno)

The app services exclusively women and boys under the age of 13. While the app functions similarly to Uber, it features additional security measures to ensure the rider and the driver’s safety. Included is a ‘safe word’ feature that is given only to the driver and the passenger to ensure that the ride is legitimate and not someone posing as a driver. Additionally, the app requires all drivers to be subject to a background check to ensure that no individuals with a violent or criminal history make it behind the wheel.

Although Chariot for Women was created with good intentions in mind, Design and Trend mentioned in a recent article that the company may face legal trouble. The company could legally advertise to a purely female market, but because the service actively discriminates against male passengers and drivers it may find itself in the courts sooner rather than later. Additionally, transgender individuals may also be discriminated against if the gender that they associate with does not match their physical appearance.

Only time can tell the if Chariot for Women will be a success, until then men and women alike will still have to dodge sketchy rides.

H/T: Dose

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Devin Culham Staff Writer

Cut my teeth with the Detroit techno scene before moving to Denver to see what the mountains have to offer.

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