March 4, 2015
By Aalia Shaheed
A popular and controversial ride-sharing app in the U.S. will now be asking: ¿A dónde quieres ir?
Uber introduced UberEspañol this week, a service that allows customers to select a Spanish-speaking driver. The service is being made available in Phoenix, Tucson and San Diego.
“Uber is here to connect anyone, anywhere with a safe, reliable and affordable ride – while making it all as convenient as possible,” the company wrote on its website.
“We have heard from riders and driver-partners alike — they’d like the Uber experience to reflect the multilingual aspects of these multicultural communities.”
According to the United States Census Bureau, over 40 percent of Tucson’s population is Hispanic. Some think UberEspañol is long overdue in the city.
"I think UberEspañol would be a wonderful thing for Tucson given the fact that there are so many Spanish speakers here," resident James Phillip told Fox News Latino.
The San Francisco-based company has made headlines in the past, stirring debates on regulation and safety codes in the ride-sharing industry, both in the U.S. and abroad.
The revelation earlier this week that 50,000 Uber drivers’ personal information had been hacked also has brought the controversial company negative attention.
Source: Fox News Latino