Opportunity for all
Giving people greater access to opportunity is at the heart of our innovations. For members of underserved communities, that means helping to provide opportunity for a source of income or access to getting around on their own terms.
Features that allow people to track rides, send text alerts, and request specially equipped vehicles for their needs help make the products available on our apps more accessible.
Solutions for riders who use wheelchairs
We’ve launched WAV, with wheelchair-accessible vehicles, in cities across the US and are working with drivers to assist and to understand the needs of people who request these types of rides.
Economic opportunities for people who are deaf
Unemployment and underemployment among this group is around 70%. Uber has added unique product features to make it easier for people who are hard of hearing to drive using the Uber app.
Independence for older adults
Features designed to enhance senior living
With better mobility options, with or without a smartphone, the Uber platform can help older riders extend their independence and stay connected to friends, family, and healthcare providers.
Request a ride for a loved one
The app lets people request rides and pay for them on behalf of others. So no matter where your loved ones need to be (and where you’re located), a reliable ride is just a few taps away.
Partnering with local senior centers
Senior centers across the US can provide better transportation service to their residents through our specialized app, Uber Central.
Providing income opportunities
The Uber platform is a financial lifeline for millions of people around the world. Whether it’s to help fund their business, support their family, or make a little bit extra on the side, Uber makes it easy to make money.
During the first half of 2016, 25% of new earning opportunities in the Paris area came from platforms like Uber.
Source: Uber Under the Hood on Medium, December 28, 2016