SAN FRANCISCO, CA (KRON/WCMH) — Uber and Lyft drivers may be discriminating against riders based on gender and race, according to a study conducted by researchers at Stanford University, M.I.T and the University of Washington.
The study also found that drivers tended to take female passengers for longer, more expensive rides. Data from the study shows that women passengers experienced an average of 5 percent longer trips than men with the same start location and destination.
Importantly, the research findings show that the discrimination is not from the Uber and Lyft themselves, but rather the individual drivers.
“I don’t think that this shows discrimination on the part of the operators,” said Stephen Zeoepf, one of the study’s authors. “This is not Uber discriminating or Lyft discriminating. This is a reflection of the decisions of the individuals in society.”