Ridesharing is the new way to get around but not everyone is a fan of jumping into a total stranger's car, especially when there are prominent stories of women being harrassed and assaulted. A former Uber driver and his wife have created Chariot for Women, a car service for and by only women.
“Having thousands of passengers in my backseat, I heard stories about unsafe travel and Uber drivers hitting on women and just a lot of unsafe issues,” Michael Pelletz tells ABC News. He and wife Kelly say the car service will cater to women drivers and passengers. Mothers with young children, including boys under the age of 13, are allowed.
The service aims to make women drivers feel comfortable too. Gwen Pratt, a future Chariot for Women driver, says that she feels more at peace knowing her passengers are women. “If I was picking up a man I know that he's going to be a lot stronger than me and I would not feel comfortable."
Chariot for Women joins women-only car services like SheTaxis. It launches in Boston this month and plans to soon come to other cities across the U.S.
Would you feel safer taking a woman-only ridesharing service?