Uber agrees to expanded settlement with FTC over 2016 data breach

13 April, 2018, 04:03 | Author: Kathy Ellis
  • Uber Launches 911 Panic Button Safety Feature for US Riders Mandates Background Checks

Every week hundred of thousands of Torontonians use our app to get around their city - whether that's to get to their nearest train or bus stop, home from a late night out or for a trip where they would have otherwise used their personal vehicle. It doesn't feel weird.

Cab aggregator Uber today launched Movement in India, a free tool that can help support urban planning and data-driven policy making.

Khosrowshahi said the new plans would help Uber offer solutions for an increasingly urban world population and reduce the need for vehicle ownership. Uber said Wednesday that it will make auto rentals available from its app later this month in San Francisco through a partnership with car-sharing startup Getaround. The button, which will be available to riders and drivers, will connect the user directly with emergency dispatchers if activated.

Earlier this week, Uber announced it would directly compete in the dockless bikeshare market by buying Jump, a provider that uses electrically assisted bikes.

"We will investigate and verify any potentially disqualifying information from public records, such as a new and pending charge for a DUI, to ensure the driver is still eligible to use Uber", Khosrowshahi said.

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The string of safety measures is an attempt by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who took the top job in August last year, to refurbish Uber's image and put several scandals behind the company following eight years of former CEO Travis Kalanick's pugnacious leadership.

"Having a greater variety of transportation modes at your fingertips helps make it increasingly easy to live without a car", said Uber's Head of Product, Mobility, Jahan Khanna. Shared rides are generally slower than private ones, because the routes are less direct and involve more stops. They are even spending millions of dollars for the same.

"Definitely the driver when you're alone as a girl I mean sometimes they try to hit on you and they say things that don't make you feel uncomfortable", said Bren Lopez.

Uber has agreed to comply with new settlement terms laid out by the US Federal Trade Commission pertaining to the ride-hailing company's 2017 data breach. And the more people share the more powerful it becomes. "We're listening to our riders as well as our drivers and they're asking to be able to get in touch with emergency services as fast as possible".

And we're seeing incredibly encouraging results in certain cities. So it can happen, but it requires sustained investment. And it's something that we're very much behind.

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