In his eagerness to face the scandals related to accidents and increase customer and driver safety of his fleet, Uber presented last year a series of measures he was working on, such as an AI-based patent application to find out if a user is drunk when requesting a trip.
Among those features focused on security and privacy, a new feature, called RideCheck, stood out. could save lives in case of accident using the sensors of our smartphone. This function has been being tested for a whole year and is now finally available in the United States (it will soon be implemented in other countries).
In case of accident or unusual detention
The new Uber RideCheck function uses several mobile sensors (such as GPS, accelerometer or gyroscope) to detect if a collision has occurred. In case you notice an accident, the application automatically sends a notification to the driver's phone for him to answer a series of questions and confirm whether it is a false alarm or an accident has occurred.
If the latter occurs, the application suggests to the driver to call to the emergency service (to 911 in the case of the United States, which is where it is available at the moment). In addition, when the RideCheck function is activated, the Uber security team also communicates with the passenger to ensure that he is well.
This new function, however, is not limited only to accidents, but also starts if the vehicle stops for a prolonged period of time Longer than usual. In that case, it is the passengers who receive a notification asking if everything is going well and, depending on their response, a series of options are proposed, including a 911 call.
Via | Engadget
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