Local News Update: As part of their’ Safety Never Stops ‘ campaign in Colombo, Uber, the world’s largest transportation network, revealed two new safety apps, Two-way Phone Anonymisation and Driving Hour Limits.
Two-way Phone Anonymisation, a new technology, would improve the connection and contact between riders and driver partners. With this feature, all phone numbers will be anonymized when a rider and driver contact each other during a journey, meaning that none of them can see the personal contact information of the other. The new feature would ensure that rider and driver-partner’s personal contact information are covered during all trips so that there is no unnecessary contact after the trip.
To further strengthen their approach to helping keep riders and drivers safe on the road while preserving the flexibility drivers value, Uber has introduced another feature that limits the number of time drivers can spend on the Uber app to help reduce the risk of fatigued drivers. This new feature in the Uber app prompts drivers to go offline for 6 straight hours after they have driven 12 hours. Driver partners also get periodic notifications when approaching the 12 hour driving time limit and then the app automatically goes offline for 6 hours straight when the maximum limit has been reached.
Commenting on the launch, Pavan Vaish, Head of Central Operations, said, “Riders and driver partners form the core of Uber’s business. These features further strengthen Uber’s resolve to continuously take steady steps in ensuring rider and driver safety. I am very excited to announce Phone anonymization and Driving Hour Limits as they are technological innovations, designed to strengthen the safety of the communities we serve. ”