WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- According to a new announcement from the ride-hailing Uber company, passengers can now request for canine drivers in exchange of treats and belly rubs.
- In a new service called UberArf that is soon to be available to the public, specially-trained dogs are employed to drive passengers to their destinations.
- Although cats have been considered at first, dogs have shown far better and higher scores and reviews from their passengers during the program’s trial periods.
Uber has just announced that they will be launching a new ride service that allows passengers in major US cities to request for a canine driver.
The ride-hailing company will employ a team of specially-trained pups ranging from mid to large-sized in a new service called UberArf.
Reportedly, the pups will be receiving four treats and three belly rubs as an hourly wage, however, Uber representatives did not say if this is equivalent to “equal pay”.
According to an Uber spokesperson, cats were initially considered for the project. But during the early testing of the program, some passengers experienced “ominous threat” coming from the feline drivers, plus the cat’s legs reportedly cannot reach the gas pedals because they were too short.
Contrary to their crabby feline counterparts, the canine drivers were shown to have received remarkably high praises from passengers during the 6-week pilot program.
Via email, Uber spokesperson Charles Dane told Good News Network that they were “stunned” by the positive reviews to the program. He added that one canine driver even scored 5-star reviews from all of his 657 passengers.
“Never in Uber’s history have we had a driver who has maintained an entirely perfect 5-star rating, but judging by the passenger comments, I guess these new drivers are just really good boys,” said Dane.
Dane also reported that although they perceived some hesitation from some people asking, ‘Where is this driver’s credentials?’ or ‘I didn’t know that dogs were legally allowed to drive in the state of California’, but overall, the response was pretty amazing.
“We figured that if we now have cat cafés and goat yoga, then our passengers deserve to experience the unique joy of hiring canine drivers,” said the company in a statement.
Before the project is made available to the public, the researchers are trying to settle out some issues like “unexpected detours” for which some drivers tend to swerve off the road in pursuit of squirrels. But such incidents were blamed on the Uber’s faulty navigation app system.
Despite the glitches, Uber reps are still positive about the service’s launch.
Source: Good News Network