Uber includes more security functions amidst sexual attack issues

Uber adds more safety features amid sexual assault concerns

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Uber is preparing to present a “verify your ride” opt-in function, which offers riders a four-digit PIN to make certain they’re entering into the ideal automobile.


Uber is intending to make it simpler and much safer for guests to get in touch with the ideal motorist. The ride-hailing business on Thursday revealed numerous upcoming security functions, from the capability to straight text 911 emergency situation responders to a brand-new innovation that utilizes ultrasound waves for immediately confirming a flight.

“We recognize that becoming an integral part of people’s lives comes with real responsibility,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi composed in an article revealing the news.

Uber’s statement comes a day after a report released by the Washington Post in-depth how the business’s “special investigations unit” presumably mishandles events of rape, kidnapping and attack by its chauffeurs. The report stated Uber’s representatives are forced to keep chauffeurs working for the business after such claims, supposedly jeopardizing rider security. 

Hundreds of guests and chauffeurs have actually stepped forward over the previous couple of years declaring sexual attack throughout flights. Several suits have actually been brought versus Uber by individuals stating they were raped and searched by chauffeurs. Similar claims have actually been made versus Uber’s competitor Lyft, which has actually been taken legal action against by 18 females over the last month declaring sexual attack by its chauffeurs. 

Uber has actually been progressively including brand-new security functions to its app over the previous 3 years. Last month it released RideCheck, which sends out a push notice to chauffeurs and riders if there’s an unforeseen long stop or possible crash. And in 2018, Uber presented numerous other functions, consisting of an emergency situation 911 button, anonymizing rider pickup and drop-off areas and a method to make it simpler for riders to share their journey info with loved ones.

Most of the functions revealed Thursday concentrate on assisting guests guarantee they’re getting in the ideal automobile. They consist of: on-trip reporting, which lets riders report an occurrence prior to the journey has actually ended; verify-your-ride decide in, which offers riders a 4-digit PIN to validate their motorist; and ultrasound innovation that will immediately transfer the security PIN to riders’ smart devices and if it’s the right motorist, the rider’s phone will chime or vibrate.

These includes followed Samantha Josephson, a South Carolina university student, was killed in March after entering into a cars and truck whose motorist was presumably impersonating an Uber motorist.

Uber likewise revealed Thursday a method for riders and chauffeurs to send out a text to 911 throughout a flight that will consist of the journey’s information, such as area info and the automobile’s make, design and license plate. The business likewise stated it’s dealing with a real-time recognition check function that triggers a chauffeur to do a random series of standard motions, like blink, smile or turn their head, to guarantee they match their profile in the system.

The functions Uber revealed Thursday are anticipated to present to riders and chauffeurs over the next 6 months.

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