- Uber has launched a feature for female drivers in Saudi Arabia which means they can block men from hailing their cab.
- The feature, which became active in April this year, is called “Women Preferred View,” and selects nearby passengers based on their gender.
- Drivers can toggle on and off whether male passengers come up on Uber’s Driver App.
- Uber developed the feature when they found 74% of Saudi female drivers did not want to pick up male passengers.
- Women gained the right to drive for the first time in June 2018, and since that time 2,000 women have registered to become taxi drivers.
Uber has launched a new feature for female drivers in Saudi Arabia which lets them block male passengers from hailing their ride.
The new “Women Preferred View” feature came into force in April, after a 2018 Uber survey in Saudi Arabia found 74% of female drivers wouldn’t take male passengers.
Saudi women gained the right to drive for the first time ever in June 2018, and female Uber drivers have slowly become commonplace in major Saudi cities like Riyadh and Jeddah.
The new technology is part of Uber's "Masaruky" initiative - one which aims to get more women working as drivers in Saudi Arabia.
In the 2018 survey, 31% of women said they were interested in driving an Uber as a career, the ride-hailing app said.
In a press release from 2018, Uber said: "We want to enable Saudi women to achieve their economic ambitions and goals - in the same way that we have done around the world. We want to drive change that is positive, meaningful and economically empowering."
Uber Middle East and North Africa told Business Insider on Tuesday:
"We launched this feature in response to the feedback we received from women drivers in Saudi Arabia and we are committed to always being thoughtful of how we can always improve their experience driving on the app,"
"This newly introduced feature will open new doors and opportunities for women as Uber driver-partners, while being conscientious of local cultural norms."
"This is just the start, and we will continue working with experts to leverage our external research as we move forward to ensure that this is in the best interest of women driver-partners in the Kingdom."