Uber Technologies Inc. on Thursday released its second U.S. safety report, which showed a rise in fatalities from motor-vehicle crashes and assault incidents, and a drop in sexual-assault reports, compared with its previous safety report. Uber
said that in 2019 and 2020, it saw 101 fatalities across 91 fatal Uber-related crashes, an increase of 7% from its previous report, which covered 2017 to 2018. That was about half the national average, the company noted. It reported 6.2 trillion U.S. miles driven on its platform from 2019 to 2020, compared with 6.4 trillion miles from 2017 to 2018.
The ride-hailing giant also reported 20 fatalities in 19 assault incidents, an 18% increase from its previous report, which it called “in line with the increase in national homicide fatalities.” Fifteen of those who died were passengers, and five were drivers, the company said. Also in 2019 and 2020, Uber said it received 3,824 reports of the five most severe categories of sexual assault and misconduct, which includes non-consensual sexual penetration and kissing and touching of sexual body parts. That’s a 38% drop from the 5,981 reported in its 2017-’18 report, it …