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  • Someone is watching your Uber driver

    The Washington Post - 07/05/2016

    Ride-hailing service Uber will begin tracking personal driver behavior after a series of app updates, the company announced last week.

    Starting last Friday in 26 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and the District, the app will score drivers on how well they brake, if they accelerate smoothly, use their phone while driving, drive within the speed limit and more.

    Drivers will be notified in real time on the app’s interface if they exceed the speed limit or use their phone. After rides, they will receive ratings on their driving performance and a map highlighted where incidents such as hard brakes or fast turns occurred.

    The company said in its announcement that the changes are geared toward rider and driver safety.

    “With each degree of greater control that is exercised over the driver, Uber may find itself traveling down a path where a court might say there is an inadequate buffer of keeping these drivers independent contractors,” said Andrea Matwyshyn, a professor of law and computer science at Northeastern University.

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