Uber has launched a 24×7 safety helpline for its customers, which will be a useful feature for many. The company says that now users can directly get in touch with Uber‘s safety team if they have an urgent, non-emergency issue. This includes co-passenger’s misbehavior, a dispute with a driver or break-down while on a trip. This feature is in addition to the in-app SOS button already available in the safety toolkit. Also Read - After Zomato, Swiggy, Uber Eats and Foodpanda asked to ban 'deep discounts'Also Read - Uber bus service may start in India as a part of company’s growth strategy
The toolkit allows a rider to connect to law enforcement authorities in case of an emergency. The new feature is not a replacement for 100, but a helpful way to get urgent support. One will find the safety helpline number under the safety toolkit banner hosted within the Uber app. To reach the safety tool kit, riders can tap the shield icon. Also Read - Uber testing call and SMS-based cab booking in India: Report
First, a Rider needs to tap the shield icon to report a non-emergency safety incident, during a trip. Then the user needs to tap the safety helpline icon, hosted within the safety tool kit. Lastly, one can then just swipe to speak to an Uber representative.
Commenting on the launch, Pavan Vaish, Head of Central Operations (Rides), Uber India and South Asia said, “At Uber, we are constantly evaluating how to raise safety standards by integrating feedback we receive from riders on how they would like to communicate with us. Based on this, we are excited to launch the 24×7 safety helpline today. All our riders will now be able to access this helpline, any time of the day or night, should they need urgent assistance during their trip. We want to ensure safety is built into the services we offer to all our riders and this additional level of security reiterates our commitment to building the best safety standards across India.”
It is worth noting that Ola introduced a 24/7 helpline back in 2011. Customers can reach out to the customer support center via the in-app self-serve system, or any of Ola’s social media handles. There is also an Emergency Button on the top-right corner of the app screen, which instantly connects customers to a 24/7 helpline during a ride. On tapping the button, an alert goes to Ola s 24×7 Safety Response Team (SRT). Additionally, ride details and GPS coordinates are sent to the preset emergency contacts via SMS and email.
With inputs from IANS