Study: Some Uber, Lyft drivers racially discriminate

In this Dec. 16, 2014, file photo a man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

UNDATED (KRON) — Some Uber and Lyft drivers may be discriminating against riders based on gender and race, according to a study conducted by researchers at Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Washington.

Researchers looked at 1,500 rides taken in Seattle and Boston. They found that some Uber drivers in Boston were more than twice as likely to cancel rides for passengers who had African-American-sounding names compared to riders with white sounding names.

Overall, black riders waited 30 percent longer for their Uber ride to arrive.

Meantime, drivers tended to take female passengers for longer, more expensive rides.


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