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Let Me Walk 'Ubering', 8:06 min

Ahmed El-Kadi

Ahmed El Kady’s (Egypt) film “Let me walk: Ubering” reveals how a mobile app can affect social realities. Specifically, as the ability for women to safely travel by foot in Cairo has continued to diminish, Uber, the car order service app, has surfaced as a new tool enabling safe mobility across the city. Fueling its popularity are features allowing users to monitor the identify of their drivers and observe the route in real time. El Kady’s film offers a glimpse into the world of Uber in Egypt. Prior to the app, one of the main modes of transportation Cairo was the often unreliable and unsafe taxi service. From heckling with the taxi drivers to charge a fair price and or use air conditioning in the extreme Egyptian heat, to the unpleasant experience of trying to stop a cab in the city as a female susceptible to harassment, the emergence of Uber (and of course the popularity of smart phones in Egypt), has improved the quality of life through transportation. Especially for middle to upper class women, who may dress in a more western and less traditional style, it has become easier to commute from one part of Cairo to the other by calling a car directly, forgoing having to wait in the street. This enables women with more freedom to move around, dress as they wish, and feel secure while doing so. This is particularly due to the features of having a driver registered in a central registry enabling the customer to monitor their movement via mobile map, and having access to the information of the driver (name, license plate number etc.). Customers are thus given a higher sense of security when ordering a car through Uber.