Uber will require customers to upload a selfie to take off the mask, before they allow travel, the company announced on Tuesday. The rule only applies to riders who previously failed to wear a mask and were informed by a driver.
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The company wrote in a blog post, “With the addition of this new feature, one driver’s feedback can help ensure Uber’s safety for the next driver.”
The mask verification facility will reach the US and Canada by the end of September and in Latin America and other countries, Uber said, adding that the feature does not track biometric information but registers the mask as an object in the photo. .
The mask verification rule was originally only for drivers and delivery workers at Uber Eats, to ensure that they were wearing masks at work.
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The company reported that more than 3.5 million drivers and delivery people have completed more than 100 million mask validations since the onset of the epidemic.
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“We firmly believe that accountability is a two-way street. That’s why we are extending the same technology to riders as well,” Uber said.
The company announced on 1 July that all travelers in the US and Canada would need masks indefinitely, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly advised that masks could slow the spread of COVID-19.
Uber ride bookings declined 73% year-over-year due to coronovirus, with the company saying its Q2 2020 earnings had increased.
It has allocated $ 50 million for protective equipment, masks and cleaning supplies to protect drivers.
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