In a statement, Uber Technologies Inc said, it will begin shipping disinfecting car spray to drivers operating in areas that have been the most affected by the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak.
The development comes in the wake of Uber promising in March that it will supply drivers with sanitizers, following which it closed all of its local hubs – places where drivers can go to receive in-person help or use the bathroom, leaving its drivers in the dark over where to receive supplies.
In a tweet, Andrew Macdonald, Uber’s senior vice president of global rides and platform operations, said the company had received an initial batch of 30,000 bottles of cleaning spray by Atlanta-based company Zep Inc. Drivers can place an order for the cleaning spray in the app and receive shipment free of cost.
“As a start, we’re prioritizing the most active drivers in a few cities, incl. NYC,” tweeted Macdonald and added, Uber was working on securing more supplies.
Last week, Uber’s competitor Lyft Inc had said it had distributed many supplies to drivers while its hubs were still open and was working a way to distribute them now.
In most U.S. cities, the demand for ride-hailing services has come to a grinding halt with most Americans being in some form of lockdown.