By: Allan M. Siegel
Over the next few weeks Uber will be introducing some significant updates
to the version of its app used by drivers. The new features are designed
to improve driver safety. The app will notify drivers when they should
take a break, alert drivers of their speed, and remind drivers to place
their phones in dash or window mounts. The app will also include surveillance
features to keep track of when a driver takes calls, composes text messages,
or even when the driver moves or touches the device. Eventually, Uber
hopes to incorporate speeding alerts that will track local speed limits by GPS.
To provide a comprehensive view of all of the tracking data, Uber will
send out daily reports to their drivers detailing their performance and
its comparison to other local Uber drivers. Uber drivers working in the
District of Columbia will not receive the daily reports in this latest
series of updates, but they will eventually have access to these reports
in the future. However, all of the other features will be available do
D.C. Uber drivers.
Along with the announcement of its latest safety updates, Uber is also
touting its role in decreasing drunk driving incidents. In particular,
Uber sited a report released by the Atlanta Police Department showing
that from 2010-2015 drunk driving arrests fell from 2,243 to 1,535, marking
a significant decline of 32%. The Atlanta Police Department has not commented
about Uber’s claims, but during that time period Uber experienced
a surge of new customers who now regularly use the system throughout Altanta.
Uber has also partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving to raise awareness
about the hazards of driving while intoxicated. We hope that these new
safety updates will lead to safer roadways for everyone across the country.
In the event that you are injured by an Uber driver, our Maryland, Virginia,
and Washington car accident lawyers are ready to assist. Please do not
call our lawyers with any personal injury questions regarding Uber or any of their practices.