Lyft’s feature that matches women and nonbinary riders and drivers now available nationwide

Lyft is increasing Women Plus Connect, an in-app feature that matches women and nonbinary drivers with women and nonbinary riders, to all US cities. The rideshare service initially launched the initiative in 5 cities final fall, with the aim of each enhancing security and recruiting extra feminine and nonbinary customers. Over 2.4 million riders have activated Women Plus Connect since its rollout, in accordance with Lyft’s press supplies. 

Drivers aren’t required to take part in Women Plus Connect in the event that they don’t need to, and if no close by passengers matching the profile are available, the app will match with a male passenger. Nearly half of Lyft’s eligible pool of drivers within the eight cities have opted to make use of the feature. 

Female and nonbinary rideshare drivers typically face sexual harassment from riders, The Verge uncovered in a 2022 investigation. Such doubtlessly unsafe working circumstances have probably led to rideshare being a much less widespread possibility for women and nonbinary drivers. Although a survey by Lyft signifies that a plurality of feminine riders favor feminine drivers, only a quarter (23 %) of Lyft’s driver workforce establish as women or nonbinary. Male drivers usually tend to work later and longer hours attributable to not having the identical security issues as women, which has contributed to a 7 % gender earnings hole, a 2020 Stanford University research on Uber drivers discovered. 

Women Plus Connect will probably be available to all Lyft riders and drivers who’ve chosen the women or nonbinary gender setting. Riders will discover an choice to “depend me in” seem on their Lyft app. Meanwhile, women and nonbinary drivers will probably be requested if they want to enroll in Women Plus Connect through the app. Lyft will decide who’s eligible based mostly on the gender marker on the motive force’s license, however drivers may also replace their gender settings on the app.

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