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Uber introduces face detection technology to ensure drivers wear masks

This Wednesday, June 21, 2017, file photo shows the building that houses the headquarters of Uber, in San Francisco. Photo: AP/ Eric Risberg, File. This Wednesday, June 21, 2017, file photo shows the building that houses the headquarters of Uber, in San Francisco.

Rebecca Omastiak
Updated: May 13, 2020 03:26 PM
Created: May 13, 2020 03:16 PM

Ride-hailing company Uber is introducing face detection technology to ensure its drivers are wearing masks in the midst of COVID-19.

In a tweet, Uber stated it is using the technology to confirm drivers are wearing a mask or a face covering "to help keep our community safe."

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According to the video posted, drivers will be required to upload a photo of themselves wearing a mask or face covering before they are able to begin accepting rides.

— Uber (@Uber) May 13, 2020

Uber's Global Head of Safety Products Sachin Kansal demonstrated to ABC News how the new software in the company's app can determine whether the driver is wearing a face covering based on the photo.

The company stated the technology is the latest measure it has introduced to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Uber stated it has also prohibited front-seat passengers, added safety checklists and added new safety features to its app.


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