Uber trials system for monitoring driver speed, acceleration and braking

Uber trials system for monitoring driver speed, acceleration and braking

The taxi service Uber has announced it is trialling technology to track the speed, acceleration and braking of its drivers using smartphone sensors.

The company describes the process as designed to help verify complaints from passengers of poor driving but says it has broader plans to ensure drivers maintain appropriate speeds and are not distracted.

The US-based company announced in November that it would create a permanent global safety advisory board to oversee the safety and personal security issues related to the service.

ETSC will launch a new report later this year which is expected to look at the broad range of safety issues affecting traditional taxis as well as services such as Uber. These include vehicle safety, driver training, fatigue, distraction, drink driving and the potential benefits of technologies such as telematics systems and alcohol interlocks.

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