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Technology Uber Is Adding A Brand-New Safety Feature. Here’s What You Need To Know.

20:15  18 october  2019
20:15  18 october  2019 Source:   refinery29.com

Uber's RideCheck safety feature goes live across the US

Uber's RideCheck safety feature goes live across the US When Uber laid out a roadmap for safety features last year, one of the things it promised is RideCheck -- a feature that can help drivers and passengers get help in case of a crash or any other accident. Now, the ridesharing giant has released RideCheck for all drivers and riders in the US, and it's also planning to roll the feature out in other countries in the future. That means Uber can now proactively send users a notification asking them if everything is OK in case it determines that their ride has been stopped for a while. The passenger or driver can then check the notification and bring up a panel that gives them instant access to the app's emergency button to call 911.

Refinery29 is proud to collaborate with Uber on an interactive, multidisciplinary new installation for 29Rooms, designed to help us explore the idea of “safety” and the role it plays in empowering us to move freely, wherever we may be going.Ahead, read about the company’s latest innovations and ongoing offerings focused on ensuring safer journeys for everyone.

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For most city dwellers, transportation isn’t merely about moving as efficiently as possible from point A to point B — it’s a tenet of daily life. It’s where you start and end your day. So for all their convenience, it’s essential that we strive to make our modes of transportation safe, comfortable spaces, too.

Uber Pet lets furry friends join the ride — for a fee

  Uber Pet lets furry friends join the ride — for a fee It used to be that bringing a dog or cat in an Uber was unpredictable . Uber recommended customers contact their drivers before bringing pets in the car, but it’s likely that many people didn’t follow this advice. Surprise pets are among the many complaints that you’ll hear from Uber drivers. © Provided by Vox Media, Inc.Drivers have allergies or don’t want to deal with shedding or clean-up. As a result, oftentimes, the ride would be canceled. Uber wants to reduce that friction with this new feature. Now, riders can select Uber Pet among the list of options before selecting a ride.

That’s why 29Rooms is partnering with Uber to help shed light on the company’s commitment to safety.

Sure, you’re familiar with Uber. Recently, you’ve probably noted some negative headlines. But you might be less familiar with the work the company’s doing when it comes to safety. As of late, it’s partnered with more than 120 sexual assault prevention organizations to help inform safety policies and programs and released a slew of new features — all in an effort to set a new standard in ridesharing safety.

“Safety will always be a long-term commitment for us, and we have a responsibility to help keep people safe in the communities we serve. We are constantly working and innovating to improve the safety of our platform — from developing cutting-edge technology to strengthening background screenings and policies,” a spokesperson for the company says.

'Uber Pet' will let drivers know your furry friend is coming too

  'Uber Pet' will let drivers know your furry friend is coming too Uber is testing a new ride option called Uber Pet, through which you can give drivers a heads up that you're bringing your pet along. Starting November 16th, riders in Austin, Denver, Nashville, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tampa Bay will see the option in the Uber app. You'll pay a "small surcharge" to ride with your furry friend, though. You'll see the fee on your receipt and Uber'll add it to the upfront price if you choose that option.It could help both riders and drivers avoid any unwanted surprises.

Enter: RideCheck, a new safety feature in the Uber app available across the U.S. Using GPS technology and smartphone sensors, RideCheck can help detect if there’s a potential crash or if your trip goes unusually off-course. Uber will then check in with both the rider and driver to make sure everything is okay and provide access to key safety tools and support.

Of course, that’s in combination with a number of foundational safety features Uber already offers: For one, all drivers undergo both a driving and criminal background check before their first trip (plus, Uber re-screens drivers every year while using technology to scan for issues in between). There’s also an emergency button that lives inside of the Uber app, so you can easily share info about the make, model, license plate, and location of your car with 911 dispatchers in case of emergency (and in many U.S. locations, this information is even shared automatically). Beyond that, a support team is available 24/7 for non-urgent safety issues, and every trip on the Uber app is insured.

“We recognize and appreciate the trust people put in us to help get them where they need to be,” a spokesperson for Uber says. “When it comes to safety, our work is never done.”

Check back here for details on the Uber x 29Rooms installations in New York City and Los Angeles.

Uber may have to pay Waymo or redesign its self-driving software .
In 2017, Waymo accused Uber of stealing its autonomous driving trade secrets. You may have thought the Uber-Waymo legal battle was over when, in 2018, the companies reached a settlement and Uber agreed to pay around $245 million. But as part of the settlement, the parties brought in an independent software expert to review Uber's software and make sure it didn't misappropriate Waymo's intellectual property. Now, the review is complete, and Uber admits that the findings are not good.

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