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New research shows how long you wait for an Uber may depend on race

Posted at 6:38 PM, Nov 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-01 18:38:10-04

Uber is the new way to get around, but new research shows how long you wait for a pick-up could depend on your race.

University of Washington professor Don Mackenzie sent black and white students onto Seattle streets to request an Uber or Lyft.

MacKenzie found black students had to wait 20 percent longer to get a trip accepted and 30 percent longer for the car to show up.

"When the name that a passenger used was a stereotypically African-American name, they were much more likely to have the trip accepted and then canceled," he said.

He suggests ride hailing companies periodically audit their drivers' behavior and cancelations, and consider going to a system where no names are used. 

MacKenzie said there's no evidence the companies themselves discriminate.

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