Uber's first safety review contains thousands of sexual assault reports

A sign marks a pickup point for the Uber car service at La Guardia Airport in New York

A sign marks a pickup point for the Uber car service at La Guardia Airport in New York

"They have refused to make any changes until we started filing lawsuits", Mr Bomberger said.

"We do four million rides a day".

Sexual misconduct education for all drivers: In 2020, Uber will expand sexual misconduct and assault education to all United States drivers.

Uber has a unit devoted to handling the most sensitive safety reports, but a September Washington Post investigation found that investigators are are instructed to keep the company's interests foremost, including through restrictions on their ability to report apparent felonies to police and a ban at the time on sharing information with competitor Lyft about possibly risky drivers.

Safety issues with ride-hailing apps aren't limited to domestic companies.

The 84-page report comes almost two weeks after the company said it would appeal the decision to revoke its license in London due to a "pattern of failures" on safety and security.

Sexual assault and other threats have been a concern broadly for the fast-growing ride-services industry around the world.

These incidents represent just a fraction of the more than 1.3bn rides Uber facilitated in the United States in the past year, but they come at a time when the company is increasingly under scrutiny for worker and rider safety conditions.

The report was released after Transport for London (TfL) revoked the cab-hailing app's right to work in London after finding that at least 14,000 trips were made with drivers who were different to the ones shown on the app.

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"I firmly believe that companies who are open, accountable, and unafraid are ultimately the companies that succeed", Khosrowshahi said on Twitter.

Uber's shares closed 1.41% lower at $28.65 on Thursday.

Uber operates in 70 countries, and has faced sustained criticism regarding safety on its platform. Uber said it will appeal the decision.

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network said it appreciated Uber's transparency.

It was reported in June 2018 that more than 2,500 Uber drivers in London had been investigated for sexual assault, stalking and risky driving - however it was not clear which time frame this related to.

Uber announced increased safety measures in 2018, including a partnership with RapidSOS, a company that sends a rider's location and relevant information to a local police agency when the rider uses the emergency button in the Uber app. Uber also revamped its background check policy to conduct annual checks on drivers.

Aside from sexual assaults, Uber also disclosed data on fatal crashes and assaults.

Uber says it will continue to produce safety reports every two years.

Regulators have long said Uber's screening process was insufficient and inferior to those in place for taxi drivers, with several USA cities attempting to compel Uber to mandate fingerprinting of its drivers. However, Uber said the trend need not remain this way, as releasing such data may lead to an increase in reporting of such incidents in the future. "It's really unprecedented for a company to collect this kind of systematic data over time and then share it with the public", says Karen Baker, CEO of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, which advised Uber on the study.

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