On April 19th, the app Chariot for Women launches into congested and competitive market; protecting women from sexual assaults and uncomfortable rides. BuzzFeed News reported data about particular search query in Uber Database, from former Uber customer service representative that remains anonymous.
Just Recently Uber driver was accused of sexually assaulting Brooklyn woman, leaving Milk River lounge at the address, 960 Atlantic Avenue. Uber driver allegedly rubbed woman’s breast after she threw up, showing signs of intoxication and male driver exposed his genitals asking her for a blow job at the end of ride.
Results of the leaked search query showed jaw-dropping results; searching for the term “sexual assault” Uber database propagated to 6,160 tickets and searching for the term “rape” returned 5,827 tickets. Which is why Michael Pelletz, founder of Chariot for Women came up with the idea, realizing a niche in the market, left behind by Uber and Lyft–prioritizing women’s safety.
Pelletz experienced a life changing event in September 2013, his father operated a family business for 35 years and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Due to illness, his father stepped down and the business crashed, causing Pelletz to turn to Uber for fast income. During one encounter with a dangerous passenger suspiciously digging into coat pocket, disoriented and confused about his whereabouts–Pelletz drove to police precinct, delivering the backseat threat to where it belongs.
Chariot for Women created unique safety protocols for female users, giving Uber and Lyft a run for their money. Wondering why and how Chariot for Women is awesome, in a highly competitive market? These are the reasons:
- The app strictly offers women drivers and only picks up women passengers–“Driven by women, for women”
- Part of the plan as stated on the company’s website, “Drivers are thoroughly background checked before they can ever accept one passenger request”. Backing their promise, the software involves security question system insuring the identity of women drivers starting their day at work. Whenever a driver opens the app, she is faced with random security question that changes daiy–the correct answer allows her access to start picking up fellow women!
- From the passenger perspective, when requesting a ride a secret word appears on driver and passenger mobile. The driver must announce the correct secret word in order for the ride to begin. If the driver answers incorrectly, the passenger will now know they have got the wrong vehicle.
- The passenger will also have the satisfaction of knowing how the drivers looks from their profile picture on the app and license plate number of the Chariot.
- Advance real time geolocation software, precisely showing Chariot location.
- The app allows female and male children under 13 years of age to use the service.
- Transgender women are allowed to use the service as passengers.
- 2 % Portion of every fare will be given to charity!
The president of Chariot for Women is Pelletz wife, Kelly Pelletz, former nurse with a passion for helping people. Donating portions of every fare to women foundations that practice medicine to cure diseases, lead women to success and most importantly put an end to assault and abuse cases. An app with true distinction and wonderful meaning–for women, by women, all from a push of a button.