Uber is trying so hard to make its users feel safe. The ride-sharing company has begun running continuous background checks on its drivers, which help it know immediately if a driver is charged with a crime.
A few months ago, CNN revealed that at least 103 Uber drivers had been accused of sexually assaulting the passengers. Following the report, Uber said last month that it would start yearly background checks on all its drivers in the U.S. The company surely wasn’t bluffing as it started testing the system earlier this month and already has suspended 25 drivers from their services.
Now the company has decided to roll out its safety-check service to all over the U.S. Gus Fuldner, Uber’s VP of safety and insurance told Axios, “Ultimately what we’re looking for… is a way to get the same kind of info as in a background check, but get it in a real-time manner.”
To monitor its drivers, Uber is currently relying on two third-party services, one is Checkr, which checks motor vehicle records, sex offender registries, court records using names and social security numbers. Another one is Appriss, a real-time data collection company that collects information from local municipalities and provides constant updates.