Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Uber has been requiring all passengers to wear medical masks when traveling since early May, but now it is likely that the presence of a mask on the face will also have to be proved with selfies. The company announced that it is introducing a feature into its taxi-ordering app that will allow passengers to take such selfies, according to the BBC.
However, passengers will not need to take a masked photo each time they call an Uber taxi. The scheme will be as follows: if the driver informs the service that the passenger has not put on a mask, then he is included in a certain “blacklist” and will not be able to travel the next time until he is photographed with a medical mask on his face.
The application will automatically recognize the presence of a mask, and then allow the order of the car. As for the drivers, they have to take a selfie with a mask before each going on the line since May.
We firmly believe that responsibility is a two-way street. Therefore, we are extending this technology to passengers.
Sachin Kansal, Head of Security at Uber
Until the end of September, such rules will work in the United States and Canada. After the new feature arrives in North America, there are plans to expand it to the South and other countries around the world.
Over the past few months, Uber has significantly tightened security measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For example, in the service application, drivers and passengers fill out a certain checklist, which contains items such as wearing a mask, driving with open windows, and the absence of a passenger in the front seat. The driver or passenger can cancel the trip without penalties if one of them does not follow the safety rules during the pandemic.