A new way to explore the Uber app for our deaf or hard-of-hearing partners

We’re always working to make the Uber experience as hassle-free as possible for our riders and driver-partners. That’s why on March 11th we officially launched an app update designed specifically for deaf and hard-of-hearing partners.

We wanted to gather few of our top deaf and hard-of hearing partners to discuss their experience on their platform and see what can be done to improve the experience within the app. While the changes themselves are small, we’re confident of the significant impact they can have for drivers and their riders.


The following features are now being rolled in Canada —deaf or hard-of-hearing driver partners interested in these features only need to sign into their account and turn them on:

  • The Uber Partner app signals a new trip request with a flashing light in addition to the existing audio notification


  • The option to call a deaf or hard-of-hearing driver is turned off; riders are instead given only the ability to text if they need to provide special instructions for pickup


  • The app will add an extra prompt for riders to enter their destination and lets them know their driver is deaf or hard-of-hearing


This design process started from extensive conversations with our deaf and hard-of-hearing partners, which helped identify frustrating interactions with the app in the driving experience.

Larry is one of the drivers who participated in this process. Before these updates, he would text every rider to let them know he’s deaf, which sometimes caused delays when picking up his riders.

There are many partners like Larry. Watch the video to get a glimpse into their experience driving with Uber and to see how these app updates can improve it.

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We hope they help extend the earning opportunity that Uber presents to the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities. If you’re curious about what it’s like to drive with Uber, consider signing up to drive today.

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