Uber adds more safety features for riders


Uber, along with all other app-based cab services, has a support team that is always ready to respond to your queries that you might have about the trip and even help you retrieve lost items.

Last year, Uber settled with the FTC over allegations that it hadn't protected it's customers' data in 2014, and actually misrepresented how secure that data was.

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 now operates in a handful of large cities, including Chicago, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston and Portland.

Uber also announced the addition of former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson as chair of the company's Safety Advisory Board. "That is the package that we think is the most fair - that hits property owners, it hits visitors, it hits residents and it hits the ride-sharing services - that we think is best for the city".

On Monday, Uber announced its purchase of Jump Bikes, a dockless e-bike service that operates in the District and San Francisco.

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At the event, Khosrowshahi was asked about the self-driving Uber vehicle crash in Tempe, Arizona, that struck and killed a pedestrian in May.

By sharing instances of how the tool can be harnessed to identify and solve for city specific issues and challenges, Uber can help urban planners and administrators around the country develop their own use-cases, he added.

City officials say the services have benefited from Metro's problems so it's only fair they be a part of the solution. Uber is already integrating the bikesharing service in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., and it plans to expand it much further. Since then we have moved quickly to do just that by taking responsibility for what happened. Importantly, this feature will show you your real-time location in the app-both on a map and as an address-so you can share it directly with the 911 operator.

Uber's new ticketing option will be powered by Masabi's Justride SDK, the first and only mobile ticketing SDK for public transit. "We're committed to deepen how we partner with cities and excited about how urban planners and transportation professionals can use this free resource". It has worked with transit systems in Boston, Los Angeles and NY, along with cities around the world. If there is no internet connectivity, if you ever feel you're in an emergency situation, you should call 100 immediately. "Cars are shared by people throughout the city and equipped with Getaround's technology for instant access".

The company also said it was expanding its Uber Movement traffic data site to include 12 new cities globally. This makes it easier than ever to share your trip, so loved ones can follow along and know when you've arrived.