Death of woman who mistook car for Uber prompts nationwide campaign


FILE – This June 12, 2018, file photo shows the Uber app on a phone in New York. Ride-hailing service Uber announced on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 it has acquired its Mideast competitor Careem for $3.1 billion, making it the largest-ever technology purchase in the region. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

The death of a University of South Carolina student who was murdered after getting into a car she thought was her Uber has now prompted a national safety campaign called “What’s My Name?”

The campaign asks every college student in the country to take a pledge saying before they get into a rideshare such as Uber or Lyft, they will ask the driver “What’s my name?” to ensure they are safe and in the right car. 

The campaign was created by the president of the University of South Carolina after a 21-year-old student was killed after getting into a car she mistook for an Uber. 

The university is working with others across the country to prevent another such death. 

You can also look at your rideshare app and match the license plate of your driver to the car you’re looking at. You can also ask them what their name is and match that to the app.

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