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Uber introduced two new India-specific safety features

Feb 12, 2015 16:10 IST

Mobile application-based taxi aggregator Uber on 11 February 2015 had introduced two new India-specific safety features. The features include panic buttons and in-app tracking tools.

Uber apps will now have a send status feature, where passengers can share details about the driver and the vehicle with their friends and family.

The feature also lets passengers allow access to GPS tracking of their taxi to their kin, and share information like the driver’s photograph, name and vehicle licence number.

The company earlier allowed passengers to share their estimated time of arrival with others. With this new feature, passengers can also send their trip details to up to five pre-selected contacts with just two taps on a button in the Uber app.

The functions were the first market-specific safety features launched by Uber. The company also has plans to launch safety features in other countries soon.

The move comes after the driver of an Uber cab was accused of raping a passenger in New Delhi. Uber Inc. was banned in Delhi in 2014.

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