Uber India To Launch In-App Panic Button And Allow Riders To Share Their Location

06/02/2015 2:33 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:24 AM IST
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BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 02: In this photo illustration, a woman uses the Uber app on an Samsung smartphone on September 2, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Uber, an app that allows passenger to buy rides from drivers who do not have taxi permits, has had its UberPop freelance driver service banned in Germany after a complaint by Taxi Deutschland, a trade association of taxi drivers in the country. The company, which operates in 42 countries over 200 cities worldwide, plans to both appeal the decision made by a court in Frankfurt as well as, at the risk of heavy fines, continue its services in Germany until a final decision has been made on the matter. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI: Uber has confirmed that two major features, an in-app panic button and journey/location sharing, will be launched for customers in India on February 11.

The company earlier said that India was their first priority since the rape incident and that these features will be launched worldwide at a later date.

Uber also said that it will make driver background checks in India more stringent.

The taxi company said in a statement that its arrangement with First Advantage brings in additional layers of screening over and above the standard transport licensing process including address verification, a local criminal court search, and a national criminal database search.

After a six-week ban on its services in the wake of the rape incident, Uber finally resumed business in New Delhi last month.

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