There’s a new rideshare company in town, and this one is just for women. Safr launched in Atlanta on Thursday, April 18, and is the nation’s first all-female rideshare company.
The company was created by three female entrepreneurs: Minsu Ha, Marcela Sapone, and Alessia recruitment. Safr Rideshare App Focuses On Women’s Safety and Safr plans to offer a safer and more comfortable experience for female riders and drivers.
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Safr Rideshare App Focuses On Women’s Safety
“We want to provide an alternative for women who don’t feel comfortable riding with or driving for traditional rideshare companies,” said Ha, the company’s CEO; the staggering statistics prompted her to launch a rideshare service just for women. “We also wanted to create opportunities for female drivers, who make up only 14 percent of all rideshare drivers.”
A Safer Experience for Female Riders and Drivers
Safr is a new ride-hailing app that promises a safer experience for female riders. Only female drivers will be matched with riders, providing an added sense of safety for women who may have previously experienced harassment from male drivers.
In addition, Safr cars will be equipped with panic buttons that riders can use to contact authorities in an emergency immediately. The app also offers regular check-ins with riders to ensure they are safe and comfortable throughout their journey.
With its focus on safety, Safr is poised to become a popular option for women looking for a reliable and trustworthy ride-hailing service.
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To use Safr, riders download the app and request a ride. Rides are typically requested a few minutes in advance but can be booked up to two weeks in advance.
When requesting a ride, riders will enter their pickup and drop-off locations and any special requests they may have. Riders will then be matched with a driver based on their location and availability.
Drivers will use the app to navigate to the rider’s pickup location and provide an estimated arrival time. Once the driver arrives, they will confirm the rider’s identity and help them with any luggage.
The driver will then take the rider to their destination. At the end of the ride, riders will be allowed to rate their experience and leave feedback for the driver.
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Unsettling Cases Across the Rideshare Industry
The launch comes as other companies face criticism for their treatment of women. In March of this year, Uber was accused of not doing enough to protect passengers from sexual assault.
The company was accused of failing to conduct background checks on its drivers properly and of not properly investigating reports of sexual assault.
Uber has since taken steps to improve its background check process and has partnered with a leading anti-sexual violence organization to help train its drivers and employees to prevent and respond to sexual assaults.
While these steps are a good start, some critics say that Uber needs to do more to ensure the safety of its passengers.
In particular, some argue that the company should require all drivers to undergo background checks by law enforcement agencies rather than just relying on self-reported information.
Others argue that Uber should install security cameras in all vehicles so that any incidents can be quickly and easily documented.
Whatever steps Uber takes in the future, it is clear that the company will need to do more to protect its passengers and drivers from harm of all kinds.
In April, Lyft settled a class-action lawsuit that alleged the company discriminated against female riders. The suit claimed that Lyft allowed male drivers to cancel rides if they felt uncomfortable with the passenger but did not give female passengers the same option.
Lyft denied any wrongdoing but agreed to pay $12.5 million to settle the suit.
The settlement also required Lyft to change its cancellation policy, including giving passengers a chance to cancel their ride if they feel uncomfortable.
While the suit targeted Lyft specifically, it highlights a wider problem with ride-sharing apps: women are often left feeling unsafe and unprotected.
In an industry that is still largely unregulated, it is up to companies like Lyft to set the tone when it comes to safety and inclusion.
Hopefully, with this settlement, Lyft will set a new standard for ride-sharing apps.
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Reviewing The Safety Reports
Statistics show that assaults have happened since 2017 have increased by 54%. Most of these assaults were not reported to the cops because the women were too embarrassed. These numbers might not be 100% accurate because many assaults go unreported.
There were 4,000 sexual assaults reported in 2017, and only 238 were reported to the cops.
The same report revealed 107 fatalities related to the Uber app. In the event of an assault or Uber accident, it’s important to understand how to proceed and protect yourself. Thankfully, Safr is one of the best ways to avoid these events altogether.
Women feel uncomfortable when drivers start stalking them or when the driver is too friendly. Many of them have had their drink spiked or been raped by someone they thought they could trust.
These assaults usually happen at night, when it’s harder for anyone to see what’s going on. There have been many cases where the woman was too afraid to speak up or didn’t want to get the driver in trouble, so they kept quiet and dealt with it.
This is a major problem that needs to be fixed, not just for women but also for men and children.
Assault rates have been increasing over the years, and something needs to be done.
Safr isn’t the only company to try to address the safety concerns of female riders. Shebah, an all-female rideshare company in Australia, launched in December 2017.
And last year, Delhi, India’s capital city, launched a women-only taxi service called “SheTaxi.” But Safr is the first rideshare company in the US to focus specifically on the safety of women passengers.
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As ride-sharing apps become more popular, companies must take steps to ensure the safety of their passengers. Whether it’s increasing background checks for drivers or giving passengers the option to cancel their ride if they feel unsafe, companies need to do more to protect women from sexual assault.
With its focus on safety, Safr is leading the way in making ride-sharing a safe and enjoyable experience.
We hope that other companies will follow Safr’s lead in making safety a priority for women riders. In an industry that is still largely unregulated, companies are up to set the tone when it comes to safety and inclusion.