Uber has just launched Uber Ski which is actually a way for Uber riders to request a car to take them to and from the slopes, with the vehicle guaranteed to have enough rooms.
The new service lands in time for this winter and is available now in 23 locations across the United States (U.S).
Riders in served locations will see an Uber Ski icon on the ride request page, enabling them to select a vehicle that can handle extra gear.
The ride option comes with a surcharge, believed to be $8, which seems reasonable considering the convenience of the service.
Driver with suitable cars can sign up to the service and accept rides from those heading to and from the slopes. To incentivize drivers into joining the program, Uber Ski will pay a portion of the surcharge of the riders’ surcharge.
Uber always looks to tweak its service to offer more convenience for customers. Earlier this year, for example, it gave drivers the chance to offer a greater selection of items to riders as part of an in-car shopping experience powered by Cargo.
Earlier, Uber had released its full safety transparency report, including stats around sexual assault and harassment over 2018 and 2017 in the United States (US).
“Uber’s US Safety Report includes information about Uber’s actions on safety, as well as data on the most serious safety incidents reported on our ridesharing platform in 2017 and 2018,” the document outlined.
“This includes traffic fatalities, fatal physical assaults, and sexual assault.”
Back in 2017, Uber said that 2,936 passengers reported cases of sexual assault while using the taxiing service.
In the last year, Uber reported that it facilitated 1.3 billion trips in the US, and out of those trips a total of 3,046 Uber passengers reported sexual assault in 2018, 229 of which reported rape incidents.
It’s also worth noting that this document only focuses on the US, and not the 65 other countries where the company operates.