New Delhi: Cab services major Uber India has partnered with Delhi Police on Monday to come up with ‘Himmat’ app, a mobile application driven for passengers’ safety that will enable Delhi Police Headquarters to receive the real-time location of a driver or a rider, in case of an emergency. Also Read - Delhi Police Using Cellphone Data to Trace People Who Attended Jamaat Congregation: Report
Once the police get the exact location of the car, the app will let them assign a police station to provide potentially life-saving assistance to them. Also Read - Uber Partners With NHA to Provide Cab Service For COVID-19 Healthcare Workers
“Our core mission is to ensure the safety of the public. This new integration with enhanced location services and travel information will help save lives. We welcome the use of technology that enables Delhi Police to react more quickly and efficiently during an emergency,” Delhi’s Commissioner of Police Amulya Patnaik said in a statement. Also Read - Delhi Police' Head Constable Gets Heart-Warming Letter From 8-Year-Old Daughter, Viral Message Will Move You to Tears
“With conscious efforts like QR Card distribution among driver-partners, we are happy that private partners like Uber are working with us directly in making Delhi safer for all our residents and visitors,” he added.
The national capital region of Delhi has been notorious for cab rides-gone-wrong with hundreds of reports of sexual assault, kidnapping, murder and theft, happening mostly in the early morning or late night taxi rides.
To combat this, the company stated, Uber’s in-app emergency button now has the ability to locate an Uber driver or rider, and if they so wish, Uber can also share their real-time location and other trip details with the Delhi Police Control Room for immediate support.
“Every second counts in an emergency and we want to ensure our technology enables our riders and drivers to get immediate assistance when they want it the most,” said Prabhjeet Singh, Head of Cities-India and South Asia.
Uber and Delhi Police have distributed over 1,000 Himmat QR Verification Cards to driver-partners as of now.
Once a rider scans the QR Card, they can access driver-partners’ details and vehicle information in the Himmat app and can report their journey directly to the Delhi Police via the Himmat app.