Uber has announced a series of new safety features in its telematics-powered app, used by its drivers, to predict, prevent and reduce the number of crashes on the road.
These features were first rolled out for driver partners in Bangalore as a pilot test and the company has made it available for its driver partners in 29 cities across India.
These features include:
- 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 about the speed of their vehicle
- Reminders to drivers about the importance of taking a break when they need it.
According to Uber, it currently has over 4,00,000 driver partners on the platform in India, out of which 50% are active at any given point in time.