The giant tech firm Uber has launched UberASSIST in the country a service that has been designed to help riders with disabilities and the elderly to access Nairobi city easily.

UberASSIST service is also available in Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa after it was rolled out in 2017.

According to the firm, the specialized cab helps those with accessibility hassle to ride with no trouble as the best-rated drivers are enlisted for the service.

“We’re excited to announce the launch of UberASSIST in Nairobi!  UberASSIST has been designed to provide additional assistance for members of the senior and disabled communities. Driver-partners are specifically trained to assist riders when getting into a vehicle, and can accommodate folding wheelchairs and walkers,” said Uber in a statement.

The enlisted drivers are trained in caregiving using the regular vehicles that can accommodate walkers and foldable wheelchairs making transportation more accessible for riders with mobility disabilities.

UberASSIST was first launched in September 2014 and is currently available in more than 40 cities worldwide.

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“Moving around your city should be quick and convenient for all. At Uber, we strive to create transportation options that give equal opportunities and access to everyone,” added the statement.

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