The updated button for Uber’s app is designed to help local law enforcement act more quickly in emergencies.
Two in one in this story and the second one is more interesting, click on the link for a video on how Uber has linked to Carnegie Mellon to develop a driverless Uber car. Seems kind of ironic in that I thought part of the deal was that Uber was about their drivers and the fact that they not only had to comply with the law, but were also rated, as are the passengers themselves.
On the other hand I like the idea of cars or shuttles that you can hire on demand, especially if driverless cars are cheaper than driven cars as the article suggests. Only problem is that a driverless car is probably going to cost 3 times as much because of the technology it requires and it could end up being more expensive than a cab. On the other hand that panders to an elite market that can afford to pay more.
Licensing a vehicle for public transport that doesn’t have a driver sounds interesting.
Back to the SOS button, wasn’t one of Uber’s features that you can check people’s comments and ratings about the driver? There have been plenty of stories about passengers being assaulted or worse in a licensed taxi. In NZ most of those now have video cameras monitoring what is going on inside the taxi.
I must try Uber out one of these days just for the experience. Have you used them?