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This is the road to progress. Transport major Uber has partnered with IT services company Mphasis to launch uberACCESS and uberASSIST vehicles for silvers and people with accessibility needs in Bengaluru. uberACCESS offers 50 retrofitted vehicles with a heightened roof and hydraulic wheelchair lift on demand; four-point tie-down straps secure the wheelchair to the floor and all vehicles have a rear entry, allowing riders to face forward when they’re travelling. Meanwhile, uberASSIST comprises a fleet of 500 vehicles that provide additional assistance to those who need it and can accommodate foldable wheelchairs. The drivers of these vehicles have all been trained and certified by Diversity and Equal Opportunity Centre (DEOC), a Bengaluru-based undertaking that provides consulting, research and training services to companies, educational institutions and the Government in creating an inclusive environment. “At Uber, we believe in creating transportation options that fit every rider’s need,” says Amit Jain, president, Uber India and South Asia, in a media release. “The launch of uberASSIST and uberACCESS furthers our efforts in this direction. We aim to make these services available in more cities across the country.” We can’t wait.

Featured in Harmony — Celebrate Age Magazine
January 2018