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Uber to Monitor Drivers’ Bad Driving Habits

texting-driver-editRideshare giant Uber has announced the implementation of a new software that will monitor driver’s habits while they are using the company’s app. The technology could not only help drivers better understand poor ratings, but could also help identify bad driving behaviors that drivers should not engage in while behind the wheel.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Uber app will include a number of safety-oriented features, including the ability to record negative driving behaviors such as speeding and short stopping, among others. Drivers will receive notifications during a trip, alerting them of speed limit violations. The app will also be able to detect if a driver touches their phone during a trip, which is an indicator of distracted driving behaviors, such as texting and driving.

The update, which will be available to drivers in 11 cities, including Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, will provide drivers with a summary of their trip, including scores for accelerating and braking. Reports will show how the driver’s behavior compares to other drivers in the same city.

The data gathered from the app can help drivers better-focus on safety while behind the wheel. The company has stated that the information gathered from the app alone would not be used to remove potentially dangerous drivers from the system. It instead can serve as a reminder of poor habits drivers should focus on and avoid.

When riding as a passenger in any vehicle, it is important to know that your driver is focused on the road, obeying traffic laws and driving in a defensive way so as to avoid being involved in an accident.

If you were injured in an accident caused by another driver’s poor habits behind the wheel, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The Chicago auto accident lawyers at GWC Injury Lawyers will aggressively pursue the driver responsible for your injuries in order to secure maximized compensation.