Chariot for Women, a ride-sharing service that excludes males 13 and older, reportedly has postponed its launch to someday this summer time on account of heavier-than-anticipated demand. The corporate initially had deliberate to debut the service in Boston subsequent week.
Chariot for Ladies is open to all ladies, together with transgender ladies. Kids, together with boys below the age of 13, additionally might journey.
Deal with Security
The premise for the gender-restricted service is fairly easy:
Disturbing stories about Uber drivers abound, and there is an untapped marketplace for serving ladies and kids solely.
Founder Michael Pelletz, who as soon as labored as an Uber driver, acquired the thought for Chariot for Ladies after he picked up a younger man who was behaving surprisingly. The person’s actions scared Pelletz sufficient that he went to a police officer for assist.
The Chariot for Ladies app is targeted on security, and the corporate will conduct thorough background checks on drivers earlier than taking them on, it stated.
Its drivers will begin the day by answering a random safety query to confirm their identification.
After a passenger requests a journey, the system will ship her a secure phrase that the driving force then should present to confirm identification earlier than the passenger will get into the automotive.
The passenger additionally will obtain an image of the driving force, the make of automotive that may choose her up, and its license quantity.
The app will use real-time GPS monitoring and maps so prospects will know precisely when their journey will arrive and will not have to attend on the curb.
Chariot for Ladies will donate 2 p.c of each fare to ladies’s charities, the corporate stated.
Prospects checklist 10 native and nationwide charities they want to give to; that checklist will pop up within the app once they get into the automotive, and so they can select which of the charities will get the two p.c of the fare allotted for charity.
Chariot for Ladies’s gender focus has raised authorized questions, however founder Pelletz has stated that the corporate is ready for any challenges.
The same service in New York —
SheTaxis — has been working since 2014 and is making ready to launch an Android app along with the iOS app presently obtainable.
“There is a want for this service, notably given the latest horror tales associated to Uber,” stated Susan Schreiner, an analyst at C4 Trends. “The idea may be very fascinating, and can go a protracted approach to eliminating the creep issue.”
It additionally will get rid of issues ladies have encountered utilizing common cab companies, she advised the E-Commerce Occasions. “There’s been occasions I am getting back from the airport late at evening after I’ve gotten right into a cab and it is just a little bit scary or the driving force is impolite, and I do not want that.”
Discovering Its Means
Assist for Chariot for Ladies has lit up the twitterverse.
“Uber is a step above cab, however this sounds even higher!” wrote Sarah Dudley.
“Sensible thought! Wishing @ChariotForWomen large success,” tweeted Valentina Vitols.
Actress Debra Messing additionally tweeted assist for the idea, as did World Tech Ladies, a corporation devoted to closing the gender hole in expertise.
Nonetheless, “in a metropolis like Boston, which isn’t an enormous metropolis and never a high-crime metropolis, you marvel in regards to the thought,” remarked Laura DiDio, a analysis director at Strategy Analytics.
“I might suppose a service like this might be higher focused to a bigger metropolis with a better crime fee, like New York,” she advised the E-Commerce Occasions.
With competitors from Uber, Chariot for Ladies “might need to supply one other inducement,” she stated, “like a 20 p.c low cost.”