Uber uses cell phone to detect unexpected stops and accidents
Uber has released a new security feature for its users in the United States. Known as RideCheck, it sends notifications to check for any travel issues whenever it identifies something unexpected.
For this, the company relies on the mobile phone GPS and other sensors such as accelerometer and gyro. Upon noticing an unexpected stop or departure, Uber asks if something has gone wrong and offers your help.
The message is sent to both passengers and drivers. If they indicate they need support, the app displays options to initiate an emergency call, call the company’s security phone, report an accident, change destination or share the trip with a friend.
RideCheck can also take action in normal situations, such as when the driver stops or follows another route at the user’s request. In this case, to remove the alert, simply inform the application that everything is fine.
The app will offer the option to disable notifications of the new security feature. And because it works independently, passengers can continue to get Uber service even if drivers have opted out of alerts.
Announced in September 2018, the solution began testing in Los Angeles and gradually expanded to more cities earlier this year. It is now available to everyone in the US.
Uber says RideCheck will be shipped to more countries soon. According to the company, the feature will be enhanced to be offered in more situations.
With information: Uber, Mashable.