Ride-hailing service Uber, appears to be racially profiling passengers, a new study suggests.
According to the study by researchers at Stanford, MIT and the University of Washington, which was presented to the National Bureau of Economic Research -African-Americans are more likely to face cancellations and extended wait times when using Uber.
“Frankly, that discrimination exists was not surprising after all the evidence of discrimination elsewhere,” said Stephen Zoepf, Executive Director of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford and one of the authors on the paper. “It essentially confirmed our suspicions more than anything else.
I think that the magnitude of the discrimination and the cancellation rates was surprising to me.”
Researchers came to their conclusions after conducting more than 1,400 case studies.
Riders with African-American sounding names experienced wait times up to 28 percent higher, African-American riders were up to two times more likely to have a ride cancelled when choosing UberX, a lower cost service from the ride sharing giant.
They also found that cancellations from an Uber driver were three times more likely to happen with black men.
Uber defended their business, citing a study saying the ride hailing services are more likely to operate in lower income communities than standard taxis.
Uber says its app is designed specifically to prevent discrimination.
Its not just race that uber discriminate against... they have form for discriminating against gets couples and guild dogs