BEIJING, June 5 (UPI) — Uber on Thursday unveiled a new feature on its food delivery app, Uber Eats, that allows customers in the U.S. and Canada to order at black-open restaurants,media reported. The launch of the feature could be seen as a response to the nation’s protests over the death of a black man, George Floyd, in police custody.
In major u.S. and Canadian cities, customers who open the Uber Eats app will see a banner that reads “Support black restaurants” and provides a list of nearby black restaurants. A statement on the Uber Eats app said the shipping costs for these orders will be temporarily waived.
Uber says the new feature is a response to customer demands. Uber employees list these restaurants based on public resources and the advice of local organizations and business associations.
Uber says it doesn’t ask them to provide racial information in restaurants on the Uber Eats platform. The restaurant will be notified in advance of the program, either opting out of the program or recommending other black restaurants that have not yet made the list. (Maple)