Uber Technologies, the most highly valued technology startup in the US, believes its ride-hailing services – and those offered by its competitors – can help alleviate a common issue – drunk driving.
The ride service has been expanding around the world recently – but has found that opposition is restless and faces numerous legal hurdles around the globe and even at home in the US. Valued at around $40 billion by investors, the company has been keen on focusing on worldwide expansion – even if the legal challenges encountered have sometimes required the company to divert from its core business strategy. Now the company has unveiled a recent survey that points out to the support provided by car-sharing service providers towards alleviating the drunk driving problem – since they can use a simple smartphone application to call a ride the drivers are less likely to go home in their own car after drinking.
The research was conducted with the help of the advocacy group Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and used a December poll of 807 adults in the biggest cities where Uber offers its services. In the US, the most well known ride-hailing service providers are Uber and Lyft and both have engaged in a “turf” war with detractors – often led by taxi and limousine companies because their businesses are challenged by the new entrants. The company also released an analysis of data coming from the California Highway Patrol that covered 17 Uber markets in the state during 2011 to 2013, with the company pointing out that California cities where its affordable UberX service is available had a 6.5% drop in drunk-driving accidents of adults under the age of 30.