Study: Riders with black-sounding names have more difficulty getting an Uber or Lyft


Data shows that having a black-sounding name in the United States could prove problematic. Recent studies reveal the difficulties faced by African-Americans — or those with African-American-sounding names — when searching for jobs, attending class, or trying to rent an Airbnb. Now, you can add getting a ride with popular ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft to the mix. Recent data pulled from more than 1,400 field tests in Boston and Seattle concluded that using Uber and Lyft (as well as traditional taxi services) led to longer wait times and more cancellations for those with black-sounding names. In Seattle, for…

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