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Bringing improved transport choice to more Adelaide residents

February 17, 2017 / Adelaide

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We’re excited to launch uberASSIST in Adelaide to help local residents with different accessibility needs move around their community more easily.

Since our May 2016 launch in Adelaide, we’ve seen more than 80,000 local residents embrace ridesharing as a safe, reliable and affordable way to get around the city.

Uber General Manager for South Australia Tom White said uberASSIST had been popular with a range of communities across Australia.

“We’re pleased to launch uberASSIST to give more transport choice to those who need an extra helping hand getting around Adelaide,” Mr White said.

“We’ve seen more than 100 top-rated Uber driver-partners undertake third-party training developed by the Australian Network on Disability. This will ensure drivers have the right knowledge and skills to help members of the community with different accessibility needs get from A to B.

“With uberASSIST Adelaide residents who have a folding wheelchair, walking aid or collapsible scooter can push a button and get a ride within minutes.”

uberASSIST  launches with the support of Life Without Barriers, a leading social purpose organisation working to support thousands of people with disability as well as seniors.

“The new uberASSIST offering is a great example of businesses developing innovative ideas to give people with disability greater choice and control in their day to day activities,” Mr Chris Chippendale, Life Without Barriers Executive Lead, Disability Services said.

“It will mean that people who require additional physical support have more opportunities to access suitable transport to assist with their involvement in the community, and for some people it will help increase their independence.

“This type of customer-centred community support is integral to what Life Without Barriers strives to achieve, and we believe it will have a positive impact on people in the region.”

Uber offers uberASSIST in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, The Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast and Newcastle.

How to access uberASSIST in Adelaide

  1. Download the Uber app
  2. Select uberASSIST
  3. When prompted on the info screen, press Confirm Request
  4. Set your pickup and drop-off location and request your ride