Uber Set to Let Riders and Drivers Audio Record Rides for Safety Protection

Due to growing concerns surrounding safety, the well-known ride sharing service Uber announced a controversial, new safety feature that will allow riders and drivers alike to record audio of their whole trip through the app, according to CNN.

This new safety measure is aimed to assist with the growing amount of safety reports the company has received, from Latin America to the United States.

Riders will have autonomy over choosing between privacy and security with the company, since audio will be record the second the trip begins to the second it ends. The audio feature was announced earlier this month during an event in São Paulo, Brazil.

The new feature will start hitting the app Internationally in Brazil and Mexico in December before making waves to the U.S. All this news comes after the annual deadline for releasing safety incident data in the U.S. is around the corner.

And although the country has differing privacy laws concerning recording recording audio and consent, the company said in a statement, "Laws in the United States around consent to being recorded can vary from state to state, but we hope to be able to make this available nationally."

We will have to wait and see how this new safety feature plays out in other areas before it reaches us. Let's see how much it helps.

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