Greater than 1,800 sexual assaults occurred throughout Lyft rides in 2019, the corporate mentioned on Thursday in its first-ever security report on sexual and bodily assaults, deadly crashes and different critical incidents.
Lyft’s security report had been lengthy awaited within the ride-hailing trade, as the corporate is going through lawsuits from victims of sexual assaults that occurred throughout rides. It dedicated to releasing its sexual assault statistics in 2019, when Uber launched an analogous report.
“Whereas security incidents on our platform are extremely uncommon, we understand that even one is just too many,” Lyft’s head of coverage growth and analysis, Jennifer Brandenburger, mentioned in a weblog put up on Thursday. “Behind each report is an actual individual and actual expertise.”
The 1,807 sexual assaults throughout Lyft rides in 2019, the newest yr for information within the report, have been a 64 p.c enhance from 2017, the corporate mentioned. However as a result of the variety of rides rose even sooner, security improved general, Lyft mentioned, with the incident price of sexual assaults declining 19 p.c throughout that interval.
4 individuals have been killed throughout bodily assaults in 2019, and 49 have been killed throughout motorcar accidents, Lyft mentioned within the report.
“The kind of security incidents detailed on this report occurred on 0.0002 p.c of rides, and nicely over 99 p.c of all rides happen with none security report in any respect,” Ms. Brandenburger mentioned.
The statistics are according to comparable incidents on Uber’s platform. Uber mentioned in its 2019 security report that the variety of sexual assaults on its platform the earlier yr represented simply 0.0002 p.c of all rides.
Rachel Abrams, a lawyer who represents about 1,000 sexual assault victims in lawsuits in opposition to Uber and Lyft, mentioned the report from Lyft was lengthy overdue. “We’ve all been ready for it,” she mentioned.
“They aren’t implementing the security measures to forestall this from occurring, and it’s simply going to maintain mounting,” Ms. Abrams added. She mentioned Lyft ought to incorporate video surveillance in its autos to watch for security issues.
Lyft mentioned it was working to make its platform as protected as doable, requiring drivers to bear rigorous background checks and providing riders security check-ins and emergency help throughout rides that veer off beam.