Uber introduces new in-app features

The international cab-booking operator has applied to the department for permission to operate under its modified scheme.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:February 12, 2015 2:11 am

The Uber cab-booking service, that is awaiting the Delhi Transport department’s nod to operate under its modified radio taxi scheme, on Wednesday introduced two new in-app features to make the journey of their passengers safe. The Delhi government had banned cab-booking services — except six licensed by the Transport department — after a woman was allegedly raped by Shiv Kumar Yadav, a driver with the Uber service, on December 6, 2014.

“Uber has added a new feature, ‘Send Status’ that builds on and replaces ‘Share my ETA’ and an SOS button directly in-app so riders can immediately contact local authorities in the rare event of an emergency,” the firm said.

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The international cab-booking operator has applied to the department for permission to operate under its modified scheme.

Under the modified scheme, effective from December 26, 2014, the service-provider will be responsible for ensuring that the driver employed with it has no criminal record and will have to be answerable for the “quality of drivers, their police verification and their conduct with passengers”. Under the modified scheme, firms will have to make sure that the “drivers are totally safe, reliable, and trustworthy”.

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