Uber [https://www.uber.com/]might use its selfie system that it first
implemented for identity verification of its drivers to check if drivers are
following safety protocols by wearing masks.
Uber is making it compulsory for drivers and riders in certain countries to wear
face masks as it is on the cusp to start functioning again. According to
[https://techcrunch.com/2020/05/07/uber-may-use-its-selfie-tech-to-verify-drivers-are-wearing-masks/] , Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi wants to use the platform?s selfie technology ?to
make sure that the driver is wearing a mask where appropriate.?
Introduced by the ride-hailing giant in 2016, Real-Time ID Check is a safety
feature that will periodically ask drivers to take a selfie with the Uber app.
These selfies are then crosschecked through Microsoft?s Cognitive Services to
confirm the driver?s identity. The feature was implemented for rider?s security
and now, it might be used for something more amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wearing a mask has been one of the most recommended ways to limit the spread of
COVID-19 in situations where social distancing is not possible. The
implementation of a face mask policy by Uber on its riders and drivers was
initially reported byCNN Business
[https://edition.cnn.com/2020/05/03/tech/uber-drivers-riders-face-masks/index.html] based on information from an anonymous source. While it?was described to be
implemented in the U.S.?and several other countries, a list of regions has not
been revealed yet. In various markets, Uber has taken measures against COVID-19
by suggesting riders to stay at home if they?re feeling sick and even focus on
Uber Eats. In India, Uber worked with the National Health Authority to provide
free rides for healthcare workers
[https://www.uber.com/en-IN/newsroom/uber-partners-with-national-health-authority-to-provide-free-rides-for-healthcare-workers/] in various cities and also?delivered essential products?with Flipkart.
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