In an effort to move fast, are phone apps like Uber and Lyft placing a premium on speed and in the process sacrificing safety?
Uber and other ride-share companies connect passengers and drivers through Internet applications.Your driver must accept your ride, much the same way you request it. But there’s a catch: He or she must accept it within 10 15 seconds, or risk losing the opportunity, and, of course, the money.
If you miss a request, it hurts your acceptance rate, which in turn hurts your pay and could even get you de-activated as a driver.
Critics say the danger comes from the method of communication and the requirement for a response within a specific timeframe. This provides a financial incentive to drive distracted.
Driven To Distraction?
There have already been lawsuits filed against the company for the alleged distraction of drivers. In 2014, an Uber driver was charged with misdemeanor manslaughter after the driver allegedly struck and killed a child in San Francisco.
The driver was allegedly logged into the company’s app, waiting to receive and accept a ride request, when he collided with the girl and her family.
The creators of Uber contend the app was designed with safety in mind. And they maintain anyone affiliated with Uber is encouraged to make safety a top priority.
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