Uber Launches Panic Button for Riders
Ridesharing service Uber is adding new safety features to every U.S. rider’s app, including an “emergency button” that will call 911.
According to The Verge: The emergency button is located in a new “safety center” menu that is easily accessible from the app’s home screen, giving riders a quick way to contact first responders in the event that something goes wrong during their trip. The safety center also includes information about the driving screening process, insurance protections, and community guidelines. To dial 911, riders will need to swipe up on the safety center icon, and then tap “911 assistance.” They will then be asked to confirm they mean to dial 911 before the call is put through to emergency dispatchers.
TechCrunch reports that drivers will also get a panic button soon. And an international expansion of the safety center is expected to begin this summer.