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New app features and data show how Uber can improve safety on the road

September 26, 2016 / Calgary

We believe that technologies like Uber provide an incredible opportunity to improve road safety in new and innovative ways—before, during and after every ride. Today, too many people are hurt or killed on the roads. While alcohol is the leading cause of traffic crashes, there are other behaviors that can put people at risk—for instance, distracted driving.

Road safety experts have long warned against unsafe driving. Today we are expanding new features in the driver app to Canadian cities to help reduce these risks going forward.

New app features to improve road safety

We have a team of engineers dedicated to predicting, preventing and reducing the number of crashes on the road. Today we’re excited to announce several new safety pilots to improve rider and driver safety:

  • Daily reports to drivers about how their driving patterns compare to other drivers in their city—with suggestions on how to provide a smoother, safer ride.
  • Messages in the driver app informing drivers that mounting their phone on the dashboard is safer than holding the phone in their hands
  • Speed display in the app that alerts drivers to the speed of their vehicle
  • Reminders to drivers of the importance of taking a break when they need it

 

Drivers in Canadian cities will see these new features in their app in the coming weeks, with more cities coming soon. And techies interested in learning more about how this works behind the scenes can read more on our global Engineering Blog.

We believe that by providing people with more choices, we can help them make better decisions; and by using new technology we can improve safety for everyone on the road.