From New York to India to the Philippines, every now and then, you come across a news story of Uber drivers stalking and harassing female passengers. But were you aware that any Uber driver who has ever served you could see your exact pickup and drop-off locations in the trip history section of their app? *shudder*
Thankfully, the ridehailing giant has finally decided to make good on its promise of improving user safety and privacy. So, in a soon-to-launch pilot program, Uber will make the passengers’ location history more obscure in its Driver app. Instead of showing the precise coordinates, the trip history will now display the broader neighborhood area for completed trips.
Earlier this month, Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi had announced a complete redesign of the Driver app, launching more than 40 new features aimed at improving the driving experience. This new history setting focused on privacy is a part of that overhaul and will be rolled out once Uber drivers have downloaded the new and improved app.
In an interview with Gizmodo, a company spokesperson explained, “The new design provides enough information for drivers to identify past trips for customer support issues or earning disputes without granting them ongoing access to rider addresses,” adding “Location data is our most sensitive information, and we are doing everything we can do to protect privacy around it.”
So, this new feature doesn’t mean that a creepy driver would not be able to make a mental note of the place where they dropped you. But, it’s still good to know that Uber is no longer making their job easier for them. Now, why could they have not made this change earlier?