Uber wants to start sound recording tours in the United States. "Early."
The driving giant is to start a beta test on a new security feature in parts of Latin America in December, the t Washington Post reports. In the United States, the company must engage state state recording laws at first, which means that the roll-out timetable is unclear.
An internal memorandum stated by The Post that Uber had planned to pilot the issue in the United States. “We hope that we will be able to deliver this nationally,” said the email.
The tool could enable the company to better protect riders among high profile attack scandals and safety concerns, although it would raise other privacy issues.
Uber was not immediately available for comments.
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This feature, which is not yet publicly designated, would allow cyclists to choose an additional security option during a journey, according to The Post. Neither cyclists nor drivers can play the sound.
“The encrypted sound file is sent to Uber's customer support agents who will use it to better understand an incident and take the appropriate action,” said The Post, citing an internal email from the Uber executive.
The transition is the most recent in a series of features that aim to protect riders and drivers.
In September, Uber implemented a feature called Travel Check, which offers abnormal events such as long stops or car crashes. Also, Uber made an in-app emergency button to integrate and other enhancements to double safety.
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