Uber discrimination

Study reveals t's harder to get an Uber or Lyft ride if you're black

(CNN) – Uber is the new way we get around, but new research shows how long you wait for a pickup could depend on your race.

University of Washington Transportation Engineering Professor Don Mackenzie sent black and white U-Dub students onto Seattle streets to request an Uber or Lyft. He found black students had to wait 20% longer to get a trip accepted and 30% longer for the car to show up.

Professor Mackenzie suggests ride hailing companies periodically audit their drivers’ behavior and cancellations and consider going to a system where no names are used. Mackenzie says there’s no evidence the companies themselves discriminate.