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Uber, the popular ride sharing app, has taken a lot of business from taxi companies and changed the way people buy rides today. Not surprisingly, it’s run into its fair share of opposition and controversy. Back in August, we wrote about how the United Spinal Association was opposing Uber’s presence in New York City because most Uber drives don’t have wheelchair accessible cars. Specifically, they accused Uber of “poaching taxi drivers that can accommodate wheelchair users, stopping all the progress we made.”
But now five different disability rights groups have come out in support of Uber’s NYC presence. The groups include Community Options Inc., The Macula Vision Research Foundation, My Blind Spot, Open Doors Organization, and Prevent Blindness.
According to them, Uber has made it much easier for disabled people to get rides. Some taxi drivers choose not to stop for disabled people. However, Uber drivers don’t know whether or not their customer is disabled when they accept their trip request. Also, some taxi drivers take blind people on inefficient routes. But Uber’s GPS tracked system encourages honest, efficient driving.
“Uber’s technology helps increase mobility for… riders and… we are humbled to have the support of these accessibility community leaders whose work is so important for people across the country and across New York state,” said Josh Mohrer, Uber NY’s general manager. “Uber has worked closely with members of the accessibility community to improve the app, and we are constantly innovating and exploring new ways to better serve all people with disabilities.”
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