By: Kristin Smith, Head of Global Road Safety Policy

Impaired driving is one of the deadliest crimes in America — approximately one-third of all traffic fatalities involve alcohol. We have seen the impact impaired driving has on communities and how ridesharing can help solve this problem.

Last month, the Journal of American Medical Association published an independent study that proves we have made significant progress in reducing drinking and driving. The study, “Association of Rideshare Use With Alcohol-Associated Motor Vehicle Crash Trauma’’ showed that Uber’s presence in a city reduces the rate of drinking and driving crashes. After Uber entered…


By Kristin Smith, Head of Global Road Safety Policy

Every day 28 people lose their lives to drunk drivers in the US; that’s one person every 52 minutes. The impact impaired driving has on our society is emotionally damaging, costly, and oftentimes life altering. As a leader in ridesharing, we are committed to doing our part to be a reliable ride within reach and help put an end to impaired driving.

Today, the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) published an independent* study that proves we have made significant progress towards achieving this goal. …


By Kristin Smith, Head of Global Road Safety Policy

Nearly 40,000 people lose their lives on our nation’s roadways every year, and traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people under 25 years old. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Uber is committed to being a strong partner in road safety. That’s why we are joining a coalition of national road safety advocates in asking President Biden to commit to a goal of eliminating traffic fatalities in our country by 2050. …


The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting public health measures have severely impacted the restaurant industry. With dine-in operations largely prohibited, many restaurants have turned to take-out and delivery models to continue reaching customers, maintain revenue, and stay in business.

To better understand the impact of third-party food delivery platforms on restaurants during this time, Uber Eats partnered with Technomic, an industry-leading market research firm, to conduct a survey of more than 400 restaurants based in the US and Canada in June of this year. All operators surveyed currently partner with Uber Eats, and more than 350 respondents also partner with…


By Alison Stein, Economist at Uber

We’ve written before about the impact of switching from a system where independent contractors can use platforms like Uber to one where they have to be traditional employees. In California, our analysis has shown that such a switch would result in a 76% reduction in work opportunities for drivers, due to increased prices for riders and thus lower demand.

While our analysis might seem theoretical, we can draw real-world lessons from a strikingly similar situation unfolding nearly 6,000 miles away in Geneva, Switzerland. …


by Alison Stein, Economist at Uber

On August 10, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wrote an op-ed in the New York Times, proposing that the U.S. employment system be updated to require gig platform companies like Uber to pay for new benefits and grant new protections to drivers.

One of his key arguments was that today’s system forces a choice for every worker and every company: you’re either an employee with more benefits but less flexibility, or an independent contractor with more flexibility but almost no safety net. …


By Danielle Burr, Head of Federal Affairs

Perhaps no industry has been harder hit by the COVID-19 crisis and resulting economic downturn than the service sector, including our favorite restaurants in communities around the world. At Uber, we’re working around the clock to help our restaurant partners as best we can, with a number of new efforts launched in just the last couple of weeks. In addition to these new investments, today we’re calling on Congress to pass the bipartisan RESTAURANTS Act and provide additional much-needed relief for independent restaurants across the country.

The RESTAURANTS Act would establish a $120…


In a recent analysis of public ridesharing and Census data in Chicago, Akshat Pandey and Aylin Caliskan at The George Washington University explore correlations between ridesharing fares and neighborhood characteristics. In addition to finding that average per-mile fares are higher for trips to and from areas with higher home prices, higher education levels, and younger residents, the authors also claim a small but measurable bias if the destination is a neighborhood with a higher proportion of nonwhite residents.

While we commend the Pandey & Caliskan study for investigating this important issue, we disagree with how some of the results have…


By Alison Stein, Economist at Uber

On May 22nd, California’s state unemployment rate rose to a record 15.5%. Over 2.9 million Californians are out of work, more than during the height of the 2008–2009 recession. However, despite the current economic crisis, the State government is currently pursuing actions that we estimate threaten 158,000 additional work opportunities each quarter for Californians who earn using Uber.

We have undertaken an internal assessment of what changes Uber’s California ridesharing business would need to make if it were forced to convert drivers to employees. We estimate that rider prices would need to increase 25–111%…


By Uttara Sivaram, Global Privacy and Security Public Policy at Uber

Today, Uber is updating our Transparency Report on government requests for user data, which encompasses requests for the full year of 2018. Because we know that transparency is a crucial part of the trust our users place in us, we are continually looking for opportunities to make this report easier to read and understand, more insightful, and more meaningful to our community. …

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