Uber has announced new features in its driver’s app which are aimed at predicting, preventing and reducing the number of crashes on the road. The new features include daily reports to the drivers about how their driving patterns compare to the other drivers in their city with suggestions on how to provide a safer ride. The new features also include messages in the app informing drivers that mounting their smartphone on the dashboard is safer than holding them in their hands. Another feature is speed display in the app which alerts drivers about the speed of their vehicle and reminders to the drivers about the importance of taking a break when they need it. Also Read - Uber cab service resumed in 31 cities in India with new Lockdown 4.0 guidelinesAlso Read - Uber launches 'Uber Connect' package delivery service to rival Dunzo and Swiggy Genie
“While alcohol is the leading cause of traffic crashes, there are other behaviors that can put people at risk, including distracted and unsafe driving,” said Dorothy Chou, Head of Safety for Public Policy, Uber, in a statement. These features will be rolled out for drivers in Bengaluru over the next few weeks, with more cities coming soon. Uber is also heading into the self-driving car zone as Uber announced a $300 million deal with Swedish car maker Volvo to develop fully driverless, or autonomous, cars by 2021. Uber also announced the acquisition of Otto, a San Francisco-based start-up focused on self-driving trucks.
We have been piloting a program where friends and family of our Advanced Technology Centre team can request a self-driving car through the Uber app. It s still early days, but we are planning to expand this pilot to the Pittsburgh community, an Uber spokesperson said in an email from San Francisco.