Uber adds 911 emergency button in safety overhaul

Uber adds 911 emergency button in safety overhaul

Uber adds 911 emergency button in safety overhaul

911 Assistance - The app will soon include a new emergency button that will connect riders with 911.

The Uber app will now feature a safety center where riders can learn about key information, including a built-in partnership with law enforcement, driver screening processes, insurance protections and community guidelines.

In a post today, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced a slew of new features for the app, created to address growing concerns over rider safety.

On the passenger side, Uber is adding safety features and getting more serious about background checks.

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That feature also displays real-time location from the moving auto, including addresses, so riders can share that information directly with the emergency operator. We're teaming up with RapidSOS to pilot 911 integration with local emergency authorities, starting in Denver.

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The ride-hailing company also said it's improving how it screens drivers; it'll conduct annual background checks and receive automatic notifications when a driver commits a criminal offense, like drunken driving.

Evelyn Bailey, executive director of the National Association of State 911 Administrators, said Uber's two-step calling through the app may not be intuitive for people, and she would prefer they call 911 with the keypad.

In the 2016 breach, intruders in a data-storage service run by Amazon.com Inc. obtained unencrypted consumer personal information relating to US riders and drivers, including 25.6 million names and email addresses, 22.1 million names and mobile phone numbers, and 607,000 names and driver's license numbers, the FTC said in a complaint.

Today host Savannah Guthrie also asked Khosrowshahi about Facebook's data breach scandal.

The Federal Trade Commission said Uber Technologies has agreed to an expanded settlement over privacy and data security, after the commission learned the company failed to disclose a significant breach of consumer data.

Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson is now in charge of Uber's Safety Council as the high-tech company strives to make its transportation network safer.

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