RideSpider, a ride-sharing company, was recently started up by Co-Founders Garnet Shaw and Dennis Kerley and they hope the new platform sparks evolution within the industry.
Shaw believes that when a ride-share car arrives, most consumers do the wrong thing.
"There are security measures that the others have in place but people don't do them,” Shaw said. “Like checking the plate number. I've had exactly four people check the plate number."
"I think of how I would feel if my wife or my son were taking a ride with ride share and I was worried about them making it home safely,” Kerley said.
After discussing what driving was like as a woman driver, Kerley felt disturbed by the efforts she needed to take just to feel safe while doing her job.
"Sadly the statistics for women that are picked up and have things happen is way more common than it should be,” Kerley said.
That's why RideSpider was developed to provide women passengers with a bevy of extra security options so they could feel safe while driving or riding.
"We can provide a service where women riders can request women drivers and where women drivers can turn on the option at certain times to only pick up female passengers,” he said.
Right now the platform only has male drivers behind the wheel, but Kerley claims that the platform's first woman driver is starting soon. Even smaller safety details are added into the platform like adding lights onto the cars to double check driver identity.
"It has a QR code on the light that you can actually scan so you can bring up the driver’s profile on your phone,” Shaw said.
Shaw also said that most rides are completed safely, but his platform wants to make sure every passenger reaches their intended destination.
"The majority of the rides are decent safe rides, it's just the ones that make the news are the ones that something goes wrong,” he said.
Currently the company completes rides over the phone, but they intend to launch a mobile app this October.
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