Uber to use tech to ensure drivers wear masks

Date:4 May 2020 Author: Leila Stein Tags:,

Uber has said it is developing technology to detect if a driver is wearing masks or face coverings on their trips.

According to CNN, the technology should identify if the driver is wearing a mask before they go online and begin accepting requested rides.

The specifics of this technology were not revealed, but Endgadget pointed out that Uber already has real time ID-check as a feature where drivers are asked to periodically submit selfies and so it could be a similar sort of system.

Under Level Four lockdown, South Africans are allowed to use the ride-sharing service if they are moving for a legitimate reason, with strict restrictions on the number of people allowed in the car.

Drivers and passengers are expected to wear masks to help minimise the possibility of infection.

“Our teams are preparing for the next phase of recovery, where we will all have a role to play,” Andrew Hasbun, head of safety communications at Uber, said in a statement to CNN Business.

“We continue to ask riders to stay home if they can, while shipping safety supplies to drivers who are providing essential trips.”

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