Uber has dedicated to purchasing 270,000 packages of Clorox disinfecting wipes for its New York Metropolis drivers because it seeks to reassure clients that it’s secure to get again on the highway, the corporate mentioned.
Uber can be sending out 90,000 packages a month for the following three months. Most drivers can have the wipes delivered straight, whereas others will decide it up from one in every of Uber’s Greenlight Hubs.
Uber clients who name a automobile will obtain an in-app notification that there can be Clorox wipes accessible to them when their journey arrives in the event that they need to disinfect the realm round the place they’re sitting, the corporate mentioned.
The marketing campaign comes as Uber has seen its ridership plummet greater than 80 p.c because of the coronavirus pandemic. The corporate confirmed to The Submit that rides have since elevated from their March and April lows, however nonetheless stay under its pre-pandemic numbers.
“We need to assist drivers be secure whereas they assist the world transfer once more and provides riders confidence that they’re stepping right into a clear and sanitized automobile,” Chad Dobbs, Uber’s normal supervisor for New York Metropolis, mentioned in an announcement.
Chicago and Atlanta-area drivers — two areas that had been additionally hit onerous by the pandemic — may also obtain a mixed 330,000 packages of Clorox wipes.
The corporate has additionally coached drivers on how you can greatest disinfect their automobiles, figuring out the surfaces riders are most probably to work together with with the intention to goal them for wipe-downs between journeys, reminiscent of arm rests, door handles and window buttons, it mentioned.
Uber in April dedicated to delivery “tens of hundreds of thousands” of face masks to its drivers with the intention to assist gradual the unfold of the coronavirus.