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Uber will detect accidents using a smartphone

Uber is perceived mainly by many people,as a development company that created an application for convenient taxi ordering. This is true, but Uber experts are working on a host of other things. For example, a rather interesting safety system has already been developed within the walls of the company, which will allow you to remotely detect an accident on the road. And for this you do not need to install any special sensors and sensors. A normal smartphone is enough.

Uber will be even safer soon

How Uber cares about traffic safety

It is worth noting that the best minds of the company are no longerthe first year they try to make their service as safe as possible for customers and drivers. For example, several years ago, new options were introduced, such as an emergency button with the ability to exchange information about a trip or incident with emergency dispatchers. And in 2016, Uber developed a system that carefully analyzed passenger complaints that the driver, for example, was speeding or was driving very sloppy.

After that, the data received from users,compared with GPS data on the movement of the car, including the average speed on each segment of movement, lane changing and so on. Based on this, the operators concluded what sanctions to apply (or not apply) to the driver who received the complaint. But if these developments can be called simply “additional buttons” in the application, then the new RideCheck function, which will be launched in the very near future, is already something much more interesting. Do you use Uber? Or do you have another favorite taxi booking app? Write about it in our chat in Telegram.

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Currently the only componentThe smartphone that is used by the Uber application is (which is very logical) the GPS module. Thanks to this, you can easily call a taxi to any place, and Uber dispatchers are able to track the movement. However, the RideCheck function will also use a gyroscope with an accelerometer. But why is this needed? Everything is quite simple: RideCheck starts at the moment of the start of the trip, if you are a passenger or works constantly if you are a driver.

If the system detects a non-standarda situation or a freelance, for example, a sharp shift of the smartphone along one of the axes (which just happens in an emergency), the passenger and the driver receive a notification on the smartphone, in which you need to confirm whether everything is in order. It is for a clear fixation of such displacements that an accelerometer and a gyroscope are needed. Further, if the driver or passenger confirms that an accident has occurred, the program offers to call the rescue service. There is also an option to automatically call rescuers and even an opportunity that allows emergency services to call the number of the driver or passenger.

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RideCheck will be launched at the moment.test mode only in the United States of America and if the system shows its best side, then users of other countries will receive an update to the Uber application with a new security feature “in the near future”.