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Uber Will Add Panic Button and Location/Journey Sharing In India 91

mpicpp sends word about new Uber safety measures coming soon to India. "Late last year, Uber announced plans for tighter safety measures in India following the rape of a passenger using its service in December. Now it has confirmed that two major features — an in-app panic button and journey/location sharing — will roll out to users in India on February 11

The company went public with the launch date after Times Of India reported that the Mumbai transportation department was considering a ban on its service over its apparent approach to safety. Authorities are reportedly "not happy with Uber representatives' responses during various meetings held to consider measures for passengers' safety."

Uber cleared the air on its plans to settle "some misconceptions" around its safety policy — which already includes more stringent background checks and a dedicated emergency response team. That will be boosted when the in-app panic button, which alerts local police when triggered, and a 'safety net' feature, which goes beyond Uber's existing 'share my ETA' feature to let customers share details of their location and trip with up to five other people, go live in India next week."
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Uber Will Add Panic Button and Location/Journey Sharing In India

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  • It's a little surprising that did not exist until now, but that's a great relief to someone getting into a vehicle with someone they do not know... too bad real taxis don't have that.

  • That's marvellous (Score:4, Insightful)

    by DrXym ( 126579 ) on Friday February 06, 2015 @05:17AM (#48996371)
    "Excuse me driver can you refrain from beating raping me for a moment while I reach for my phone, unlock it, navigate to the uber app, find the panic button and activate it?"
  • by diamondmagic ( 877411 ) on Friday February 06, 2015 @05:19AM (#48996379) Homepage

    What are they doing for the drivers, who pick up a hundred times more random strangers? Like, isn't the driver supposed to be the most trustworthy person on each of these rides?

  • Imagine the surge pricing when you hit the panic button
  • The one thing a panic button (or calling 9-1-1) will do is let the police know who raped and/or killed the Uber user. It will not protect them in any way...

    When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

    Carry a gun instead (and train how to use it safely and legally).
    • by zlives ( 2009072 )

      i wonder what the response time of police would be in India if a panic button is hit...
      also not sure what the gun laws are in India.

  • I guess we must hold these newcomers to a higher bar because of public safety. No need for any of these rules to apply to the legions of dangerous, shitty, and unhelpful taxis / drivers already on the road! Please, keep Uber out for our own protection -- I am more comfortable with untrackable, combative, unhelpful, no-feedback-receiving, swindling taxi drivers and taxi companies that I'm used to!
  • Or some equivalent? Because if it does, how can adding a third party in between the victim and the police dispatcher possibly improve the police response?

  • The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.

    Psychopaths do not fear punishment;
    Caste system created millions of Psychopaths in India; [] []

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