Uber rolls out new safety features

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi listens during an interview after the company's unveiling of the new features in New York Wednesday Sept. 5 2018. Uber is aiming to boost driver and passenger safety in an effort to rebuild trust in the brand. (AP

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi listens during an interview after the company's unveiling of the new features in New York Wednesday Sept. 5 2018. Uber is aiming to boost driver and passenger safety in an effort to rebuild trust in the brand. (AP

Khosrowshahi also said Uber was "quite optimistic" it would be able to resume testing of self-driving cars later this year after a fatal crash involving an autonomous Uber vehicle in Tempe, Arizona in March.

"We've taken steps to reduce the risk of drowsy driving".

That is the message that CEO Dara Khosrowshahi hand-delivered to a room full of journalists this morning at an event in NY, where the ride-hailing company introduced a series of new safety features.

Uber also plans to use sensors on the driver's phone to analyze acceleration data and other factors to detect probable crashes.

"I'm proud of this progress, but we aren't stopping there".

"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. While the company does have a number of safety policies in place - such as background checks - for its drivers, the situation is still far from ideal.

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At a media event on Wednesday, Khosrowshahi unveiled new efforts to ensure the safety of US drivers and passengers by using software to detect unusual events including crashes.

He said Uber would use software to flag atypical rides and would contact drivers and riders in the event of a possible crash in what it calls "Ride Check".

Uber also announced that it would soon start voice-activated commands created to offer drivers and delivery partners a hands-free way to interact with the Uber app, so they can accept trips and communicate with customers using just their voice, as reported by IANS. Other driver safety features include an insurance hub in the driver app and an expansion of Uber's 911 integration pilot into additional cities.

Uber, which operates in 65 countries, has disrupted transport in many locations despite regulatory hurdles and resistance from taxi operators.

In July, uber introduced an Incident Response Team callback line in a bid to improve safety and security in the industry.

Now, Uber has announced several new safety-focused features. They have been on riders' Android apps for a few weeks.

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