Uber to introduce new safety measure for passengers

Uber passengers will receive new alerts on their phones when they get in a vehicle.
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Passengers using the services of ride-hailing firm Uber in London will soon notice a new feature when they get in a car.

As well as the driver telling people to put on their seat belts, customers will receive alerts on their app, reminding to buckle up.

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Uber said in a statement on Thursday (March 4): “To help keep everyone safe on the road, we are introducing a new feature that reminds you to buckle up.

“Here's how it will work: When a trip starts, the driver’s app may issue an audio reminder, as you simultaneously receive a push notification reminding you to buckle your seat belt. You can expect to receive these reminders on a regular basis.

“Wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest ways to help keep you and any fellow riders safe. We understand that some riders may have medical exemptions from wearing a seat belt.

“This new feature is part of our commitment to continually improve the safety of both riders and drivers on the Uber app.”