Uber’s new plan for rider security involves selfies… lots of selfies


Announced today, a new feature for Uber drivers will require a selfie photo before each shift to verify their identities. Real-Time ID Check aims to prevent fraudulent use of a driver’s account and provide customers with a greater sense of confidence in the ride-sharing company. “Driver account sharing or theft is a low-frequency problem right now, but when it happens it’s a high-severity thing for us so it makes sense to put our security resources on it,” Uber chief security officer Joe Sullivan told USA Today. “We’ve been testing this new system with tens of thousands of drivers in the past months,…

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Watch Uber’s high-tech cabs drive themselves in Pittsburgh


Last month, Uber announced that it would begin trialing self-driving cabs in Pittsburgh. The pilot program is now in full swing, and you can see these cars in action in the video above. The vehicles – specially configured hybrid Ford Fusion sedans – are equipped with a large in-dash control panel and also have a human assistant in the front seat to take the wheel in case of an emergency. The company is inviting select customers in the city to take the autonomous cars for a spin. Uber notes that it’s still early days for this technology, so there’s still…

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