(WTNH)–A new study suggests Uber and Lyft drivers are quietly discriminating against riders based on gender and race. The study, published Monday by professors at M.I.T., Stanford, and the University of Washington, found that Uber drivers were more than twice as likely to cancel rides of passengers with “African-American sounding” names rather than “white-sounding” names.
Overall, black riders waited 30 percent longer for an Uber to arrive.
Meanwhile, drivers also took female passengers for longer, more expensive rides.
The research was based on nearly 1,500 rides in Seattle and Boston.