News: Updated app for Uber drivers will monitor driving behaviour using various sensors on the phone.
Uber is planning to introduce a new app to track drivers, with plans to monitor speed and breaking behaviour through sensors in the smartphone.
The software is now being rolled out in several cities as part of test phase. Uber believes that this app will help the ride-hailing company in getting feedback on drivers, with the feedback then able to improve driver behaviour.
Uber plans to bring out daily reports for each ride to drivers. This report includes driving patterns such as acceleration, braking, corner cutting and more.
This report will be compared to other Uber drivers in the city while it will also provide feedback and suggestions to improve their driving. Drivers will also be given reminders about taking breaks between rides.
Messages will be sent to drivers to mount the phone on the dashboard instead of holding the phone while driving. The app will also alert drivers when they are going too fast.
Uber in its blog said: "We have a team of engineers dedicated to predicting, preventing and reducing the number of crashes on the road.
"Today, along with our partners at the Governor’s Highway Safety Association and Mother Against Drunk Driving (MADD), we’re excited to announce four new safety pilots to improve rider and driver safety."