Uber adds law enforcement, safety experts to advisory board

With more than 3 million trips daily, Uber has to worry about safety.

The recent passenger attack of an Uber driver in Newport Beach, Calif. was just the latest report of conflicts between drivers and passengers. District attorneys have filed lawsuits against the firm, saying the company’s background checks for drivers aren’t adequate.

Now the San Francisco company, as part of its effort to beef up its safety and security, has created the Uber Safety Advisory Board, a group of law enforcement and safety experts, it announced in a blog post.

The six experts include John Barton, former executive director at the Texas Department of Transportation; Margaret Richardson, former chief of staff to former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; and Ed Davis, former commissioner of the Boston Police.

Davis, who also regulated the taxi industry in Boston, told the Silicon Valley Business Journal that most safety problems “can be prevented through hard work, innovation, and new technology.”

Over the past year, the ride-hailing company has bulked up its safety and security team of more than 70 people and hired Joe Sullivan, who had been Facebook’s security chief, as its chief security officer.

Uber recently rolled out a feature for passengers, called SafetyNet, making it easier for people to let emergency contacts know of a trip’s status, the firm announced.

Above: Outside of Uber’s headquarters. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)


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  • sociopathic

    Don’t break the law, and maybe just maybe, you won’t be criminalized in return.