Not just a Didi problem…
Who knew getting into a strangers car… could be just downright dangerous? Didi Chuxing, a Chinese ride-sharing firm, is dealing with the rape and murder of a passenger that occurred in August. Also, in the past four years, 103 Uber drivers and 18 Lyft drivers have been accused of sexually assaulting or abusing riders. Can these issues be resolved, or is ride-sharing just dangerous?
More oversight is required… by the government to ensure that these services are safer. In ten years, we went from “never ride with strangers” to paying strangers to take us places. Uber transports about 15 million riders worldwide each day. With so many rides, while it is unlikely, you can see why these things happen and continue to occur.
Here are some ideas… including allowing female passengers to select female drivers. A panic button could also be put into apps so that riders can call 9-1-1 quickly. At any rate, government oversight could give these companies the “push” they need to use technology to create better, safe rides.