The Women-Only Ride-Sharing Service Is About to Hit the Streets
For all of you Uber-loving ladies out there (or for those of you who like the idea, but don’t feel 100 percent safe taking advantage of the service), we have some great news for you. Chariot for Women, the ladies-only ride-sharing service set to hit the streets of North America, is revving up and (almost) ready to go.
The idea for Chariot for Women came to founder Michael Pelletz while he was driving for Uber and felt unsafe after a drunk male passenger hopped into his car and became incoherent and violent. This wasn’t an isolated incident, unfortunately, with news of Uber drivers being attacked becoming more common. After wondering what the experience would be like if he was a woman in the same situation, Pelletz was inspired to create the women-only service, which will also be available to children under 13 and transgender women.
Although some critics claim the service is sexist, Chariots for Women assures that it’s about safety for both the drivers and passengers and not preferential treatment. As their slogan says, they’re “driving women towards empowerment and safety.”
The service had planned to launch in Boston next week but is delayed slightly due to expansion. Chariot for Women already has 4,000 women drivers across America ready to hit the streets, but they’re aiming for even more according to Pelletz, who said, “By the time we launch, we will have tens of thousands of women signed up.” Will you be one of them?
Would you be more likely to use a women-only ride-sharing service? Why/why not? Tweet us @BritandCo!
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