Uber is a platform where those who driver and deliver can connect with riders, eaters, and restaurants. In cities where Uber is available, you can use the Uber app to request a ride. As part of the safety measures taken against the COVID-19 pandemic, Uber has aired that they will soon commence the requirement of drivers to put on mask whiles driving to prove that they have a mask and to ensure the safety protocols.
Uber does not really require all riders to have mask selfies, but if a driver mentions that a passenger doesn’t wear a mask, the company says the rider will have to take a selfie before using Uber again. And riders and drivers are free to cancel a trip if the other person doesn’t wear a mask, without penalty.
In May, Uber introduced a set of new rules to improve security during the pandemic. The company has cut from four to three the number of people allowed to travel in an Uber X car. It also promised to spend $50 million on driver equipment, including face masks, hand sanitizer, and bleach wipes. Today, Uber said it gave drivers 50 million face covers and 800,000 packets of disinfectant sprays, wipes, and hand sanitizer.
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“We firmly believe that accountability is a two-way street,” Sachin Kansal, Uber’s Global Head of Safety, said in a blog post.
The mask verification feature will roll out to the US and Canada by the end of September and across Latin America and other countries after that. Uber notes that this technology detects the mask as an object in the photo and ‘‘does not process biometric information’’
The ride-sharing business at the company is also struggling to recover from the pandemic. In the most recent period, gross bookings in its ride-hailing business, or the amount of money that the company earns before paying drivers, dropped 73 percent year-over-year. His ride-sharing division was down 80 percent in the previous quarter.