Uber has been in the news lately for being unsafe, and now a former Uber driver and his wife are making a new service that carries female passengers only. The new service, deemed Chariot for Women, will only be able to employ female drivers, which will give female passengers peace of mind.
“Having thousands of passengers in my backseat, I heard stories about unsafe travel and Uber drivers hitting on women and just a lot of unsafe issues,” Michael Pelletz said.
Pelletz, who is the former Uber driver, founded Chariot for Women with his wife Kelly.
The care service will also focus on mothers with children as well as mothers and daughters. The service will help moms with boys under the age of 13.
Gwen Pratt, a future Chariot for Women drive, said that having just women and children will help those that drive for the on-demand services.
“If I was picking up a man I know that he's going to be a lot stronger than me and I would not feel comfortable,” Pratt said.
Chariot for Women has other plans for safety, which requires both the passenger and the driver to give each other a unique password before the rider can enter the car.
This new technology will focus on the safety of riders "in ways that have never been possible before."
"Uber's technology makes it possible to focus on safety for riders and drivers before, during, and after every trip in ways that have never been possible before," the company said in a statement. "Our technology eliminates nighttime street hails, allows riders to see their route in a map in the app, enables providing your estimated time of arrival and location, and eliminates the need for cash."
This isn't the first women-only car service, as SheTaxis, an all female transport service, started in 2014 in NYC.
However, that company had to shut down because they could not meet the demand and there were accusations of discrimination. The company does plan to relaunch under the name SheHails.
“You can't limit hiring to just one gender,” Joseph Sulman, an employment law specialist who is not involved with either company, said. “From a public accommodation aspect, you can't limit who you offer your services to just one gender.”
Still, Chariot for Women says that their business is well within the law.
"We believe that giving women and their loved ones peace of mind is not only a public policy imperative but serves an essential social interest,” the company’s lawyer told the Washington Post.
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Chariot for Women will launch in Boston this month and plans to soon launch in other cities across the U.S.