The cost of Uber

The rollout of ride-sharing services has upped road traffic deaths by between 2% to 3% in the US since 2011. And that corresponds to up to 1,100 mortalities per year, according to a new study, The Cost of Convenience, conducted by the University of Chicago and Rice University.

The researchers estimate the annual cost of the increase in fatalities associated with ridesharing at around $9.48bn per year.

The study also notes that ridesharing increases congestion and road utilisation, leading to a spike in vehicle miles travelled, excess gas consumption, and additional hours of delay in traffic.

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