Grabbing an Uber has become the closest way of feeling like we have a personal chauffeur without having to pay personal chauffeur prices. From GPS-tracked records of every trip and a safety response team on hand 24/7, the ridesharing service has made consistent strides in security since their inception nine years ago. But given the rate of reported incidences of violence and sexual assault, there’s always more the app could be doing.
Yesterday in a blog post, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi outlined several ways the ubiquitous ridesharing service is slated to become safer for everyone involved. Chief among them is that former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has been newly appointed the first chairman of the 2015-enacted safety advisory board to lead experts in the realms of law enforcement, road safety, criminal justice, sexual assault and domestic violence prevention. Here’s what to expect on the app this summer:
Your Safety Toolkit is your account’s first-aid while en route.
Read up on the app’s latest safety initiatives under Safety Center, including tips from law enforcement and community guidelines.
Under Trusted Contacts, link up to five emergency contacts to your account so you can share trip details with friends and family as it happens. Switch to night mode for security only when the sun sets, and set personal reminders to turn the function on.
Beneath Trusted Contacts, 911 integration calls 911 once you tap the emergency button. Still in pilot mode, it’ll discretely share your car and location with the operator so dispatchers can get to the scene faster.
Beyong performing annual rerun background checks despite any legal imperative to do so, the app will use a third-party service to detect any questionable or criminal activity in which the driver in question might be currently involved.
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