This Uber Alternative Wants to Make Ride Sharing Safer for Women

posted: 04/11/16
by: Briana Finelli

There's a new ride sharing service for women, and females everywhere are rejoicing.

Last month, internal data from Uber's customer service database was leaked, revealing an uncomfortable number of customer tickets including the words "rape" and "sexual assault," among others. Just one search for the term "sexual assault" returned 6,160 tickets alone, according to Buzzfeed.

In a world where women are made to feel uncomfortable in a number of circumstances, this news should come as no surprise, but one company might be changing the ride sharing service game for women for the better.

On April 19th, the app Chariot for Women will officially launch in the United States. The app provides a for-women, by-women experience in ride sharing. Only women (and children under 13) may request Chariot for Women rides, and only women can provide those rides. It's that simple.

The app was created by Michael Pelletz, a former Uber driver from Boston. According to the Chariot for Women website, the idea came after Pelletz experienced his first "unsafe ride" with Uber when picking up a heavily intoxicated and potentially dangerous man. Feeling nervous, Pelletz located a police officer to handle the situation, but the next thought that came to his head was, "What if I was a woman? How would a woman handle that situation, especially when I was so nervous myself?"

Now, women can feel more comfortable in both requesting a ride share service and working for one with a lowered potential risk level. Drivers will be subjected to thorough background checks, and all passengers will receive a "safe word" that only they and their driver will know to ensure even more ride safety.

As an added bonus, Chariot for Women will also provide 2% of every fare to women-based charities, which customers can choose through the app.

The Chariot for Women app will launch in Boston, Massachusetts, first, but the ride share service is expected to expand to other major cities in the near future. To learn more, check out the Chariot for Women website.

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