Student engineer makes safety a priority

Taxicab app for women in India brings safer streets

Sujay Arora standing in front of a taxi.

In countries like India, violence against women is not uncommon, even in public areas. Engineering student Sujay Arora and three friends are hoping to change that.

Their taxicab app will allow women in New Delhi to book the closest cab with a female driver using their smartphone. It sends information about the taxicab and its driver to family and friends before the traveler gets in the cab.

The app will be free to download and use – it will be paid for by the taxi companies who will pay a fixed percent of their booking fee to Sujay’s company, Caboom. Sujay and his team hope the app will keep women working late shifts in call centres safe from sexual assault and able to continue working to support their families.

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