Tuesday January 26, 2016

Uber Tracking Driver's Phone Data

Joe Sullivan, Uber’s chief security officer, says that the company has been running a pilot program that tracks its drivers through the gyrometers and GPS in their phones.

That’s why we’ve been running a pilot program to verify feedback using smartphone technology. Gyrometers in phones can measure small movements, while GPS and accelerometers show how often a vehicle starts and stops, as well as its overall speed. If a rider complains that a driver accelerated too fast and broke too hard, we can review that trip using data. If the feedback is accurate, then we can get in touch with the driver. And if it’s not, we could use the information to make sure a driver’s rating isn’t affected.