Uber will monitor driving patterns of its drivers including speeds, acceleration, braking, etc. and display them as daily reports within the app. The app will also display pop-up safety reminders and speed indicators to drivers while they are logged into the platform. Currently this is being tested in Bangalore city in this week, and will be rolled to more cities sooner, Uber said in a statement.
These updates are meant to increase road safety for both drivers and passengers, while Uber says that the new safety features are “aimed at predicting, preventing and reducing the number of crashes on the road.” Following are a list of updates with images showing how this will work at the driver’s end:
Daily reports will show driving patterns and compare it with other drivers in their city, along with suggestions on how to provide a smoother, safer ride:
Messages in the driver app informing drivers that mounting their phone on the dashboard is safer than holding the phone in their hands:
Speed display in the app that alerts drivers about the speed of their vehicle:
Reminders to drivers about the importance of taking a break when they need it:
Uber updates driver’s incentive structure
When a driver on the Uber platform completes more than a predetermined number of rides, he will be provided with incentives for every extra ride completed. Uber has now updated its incentive pay-out based on the amount of earnings i.e. the driver will be paid extra after he crosses a predetermined amount of earnings per day, as indicated by a FactorDaily report.
The ride-hailing company has primarily made this update to ensure that drivers don’t cancel on their customers, added the report. This might also force drivers to find longer trips: drivers could prioritize customers requesting longer trips over customers requesting shorter trips to generate more incentives.
After reaching out to Uber, a spokesperson said: “We are always striving to create more opportunities for drivers to earn more money. We are constantly testing out new promotions , bonuses and other temporary experiments – which often differ from city to city – to help maximise earnings and create an even more efficient marketplace. Uber offers drivers independence to run their own business – they drive when they want, where they want and for however long they want.”
The update was made after Uber observed several incidents of drivers making trips without a customer, and especially after state governments like Karnataka and Delhi banned surge pricing. Surge was meant to provide drivers with the incentive of keeping their cab running with rides, while also making it available for the user, even when there is excess demand.
Other updates from Uber
– Last month, Uber had launched a web interface for booking cabs straight from the web browser.
– In July it signed a partnership with DigitalGlobe, a space imagery and geospatial company, to develp high resolution satellite imagery to “improve the experience for riders and drivers” globally.
-In the same month, Uber claimed to have completed 2 billion rides globally in 6 years since its launch. It added that on an average, it completed 5.5 million rides daily.
– In June, the comapny raised $3.5 billion from the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund. An Uber spokesperson told MediaNama that the investment was part of the global fund and would be utilised in strategic markets like India.
-In the same month, Uber was testing upfront fares in some cities in US and India. This was announced after it tweaked UberGo fares to Rs 6 per kilometer in the Delhi-NCR region.