[H]ardOCP: Uber Adds Crash Detection and Security Features

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"Today, we're raising the bar on safety by unveiling new features that will help protect all our customers and the information they entrust to us", Khosrowshahi said in a statement.

The blog post indicated that this Safety ToolKit, as well as the company's panic button, will expand to all drivers across the United States and Canada. For example, if there is a long, unexpected stop during a trip, both the rider and the driver will receive a Ride Check notification to ask if everything is all right.

Catastrophes of all sorts - collisions, assaults, rape and even murder - take place in ride-hailing vehicles around the globe.

Other features Uber introduced Wednesday are aimed at making drivers less reliant on their handsets, including voice commands to allow for hands-free pickups and communication with customers. It now clears the driver's trip history of each rider's exact destination, leaving only the street name with no building number.

Uber drivers already operate under a similar system around the world.

Uber says you can expect to see these features in your app in the coming months. And going forward, after the trip ends, the driver app will only show the general area where a trip started and ended, not the address. Drivers must rate passengers before they can accept their next ride so there may be instances where a rating is revised aft era initial one is made in haste.

So one can now choose to use text messages or third-party authentication apps like Google Authenticator, Authy, or Duo by visiting their account settings and selecting their preferred method.

The in-built feature of calling 9-11 was available previously this year to only riders but now it is available for drivers too.

Uber keeps hammering home the same point these days: Our platform is safe.

If you know only a few things about Uber, one is that it's a ridesharing service, and the other is likely that it has a hell of a mess to clean up. Dara Khosrowshahi, who joined the San Francisco-based company as chief executive officer exactly a year ago, marked the anniversary with a news conference in NY focused on safety programs.

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