Uber now knows when your driver is a terrible driver

There are a lot of bad drivers on the road, and naturally, some of them are Uber drivers.

Uber now has an eye in the sky…the sky that is your Uber driver’s smartphone.

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In a push for increased safe driving on its platform, Uber has rolled out a few new safety features.

Using smartphone GPS, accelerometer, and gyroscope technology, Uber knows where you’re at on your trip, how smooth or rough¬†the braking and acceleration is, and whether or not the driver is using a phone mount as a safety measure.

As a passenger you can also connect your ride with your friends or family so they know where you’re at and when you’re supposed to arrive at your destination.

As a driver, Uber will warn you:

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Drivers will also receive a report after each trip, showing them how well they drove:

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These are great new features, but Uber could take a big step toward safer driving by compensating drivers better across the board, instead of forcing drivers to complete a certain number of rides per week in order to receive bonuses.

I wrote more about that here, but basically instead of requiring a driver to complete 100 rides to receive a much-needed $350 bonus, they could divide that bonus by the required rides, and give full-time drivers a $3.50 bonus per ride, for example. This would reduce the number of exhausted drivers on the road at the end of the week trying to reach their bonus thresholds.

I have yet to try out the new features, but I’ll update this post with my driving stats when I do.

Here is a video Uber posted about the new features:

What has been your experience with the safety of Uber rides?

2 thoughts on “Uber now knows when your driver is a terrible driver

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