Uber is testing a ‘record audio’ feature to help you feel safer during your ride (Update)

Uber is testing a ‘record audio’ feature to help you feel safer during your ride (Update) ...
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Update 07/11/2019 11:40 IST: Uber announced yesterday it is going to allow passengers in Brazil and Mexico to record audio during their trips.

Last week, Uber recently rolled out a bunch of safety features including an optional PIN number to authenticate your ride. But it might roll out more stuff soon. According to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, the ride-hailing company is testing a feature in its mobile app that lets you record audio if you feel uncomfortable during your trip.

The screenshot posted by Wong on Twitter suggests once you hit record, the audio will be captured in the background and sent to Uber

The audio feature might be restricted to select regions and countries, as certain parts of the world require the consent of both parties before recording an audio clip.


We’ve sent Uber an email to learn more, and we’ll update the story accordingly.

Last year, China’s Didi Chuxing rolled out a similar feature to its users as a part of a safety overhaul for its cab service.

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