Uber Ramps Up Background Checks for Drivers

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Adding a trusted contacts section to the Uber App so that riders can chose five people the company will notify when they are using the ridesharing service. In San Francisco, where almost half of Uber rides taken during rush hour are now shared, the company at one point was spending $1 million a week on discounts, BuzzFeed reported a year ago.

Khosrowshahi took the helm at Uber in August after co-founder Travis Kalanick was forced out over a series of scandals and missteps, as well as allegations of unethical competition and a toxic work environment. Getaround is now available in cities like Seattle, DC, Portland, San Francisco and Oakland.

The ride-hailing company also said it's improving how it screens drivers; it'll conduct annual background checks and receive automatic notifications when a driver commits a criminal offense, like drunken driving.

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Uber will begin offering peer-to-peer vehicle rentals in San Francisco later this month. This news comes on the heels of Uber's acquisition of the bike-share company Jump. He didn't offer any more details about the Tempe crash, but he insisted that autonomous vehicles would be necessary to reduce auto usage and to make streets safer.

Apart from this, the Uber app will soon get a new Emergency button named "911 assistance", this emergency button lets passengers connect to emergency services with just one tap on the button.

The move is a part of a greater effort to offer auto ownership alternatives and expand Uber's transportation options. Uber said Wednesday that it will make auto rentals available from its app later this month in San Francisco through a partnership with car-sharing startup Getaround. Khosrowshahi says he and his team "believe in" them.

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Meanwhile, Jeremy Hall said the new features won't change how frequently he uses Uber but he supports the change.

Mobile ticketing developer Masabi announced on April 11 that it has entered into a strategic partnership with on-demand taxi company Uber which would integrate public transport tickets into the Uber app. "We're committed to deepen how we partner with cities and excited about how urban planners and transportation professionals can use this free resource". "And you'll be able to pay for the services in your Uber app", he added. This can allow users to reserve public transit trips within the Uber app. GetAround installs electronic locks in the vehicles, so that renters can access the cars with their smartphones.

The company also said it was expanding its Uber Movement traffic data site to include 12 new cities globally.

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