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The ride-hailing service, Uber has announced the installation of safety screens for cabs in India. The company is called it 'safety cockpits' and plans to install in 20,000 premier sedans, to set a new standard of safety for its riders and drivers during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Uber had already optimised the design of these safety cockpits in India by installing them in UberMedic cars to transport frontline healthcare workers of over 8,000 cabs. The installation cost will be taken care of by Uber, and it comes free of cost to drivers.
Additionally, the company aims to expand the installation of safety cockpit across other product categories immediately. Uber also aims to provide its driver-partners and customers enhanced safety during the pandemic.
Speaking more about the safety cockpit's design itself, it is an innovative and protective transparent plastic screen which cover from ceiling-to-floor of the vehicle. The screen is installed between the passenger and the driver and enables social distancing within the confines of a car. It also acts as a safeguard to prevent droplet and aerosol transmission.
Pavan Vaish, Head Of Central Operations, Uber India and South Asia, said, "At Uber, we are constantly defining transportation safety standards and take all possible precautions to ensure the safety of both riders and drivers. After pioneering safety cockpits in the Indian market, Uber teams will continue working around the clock to leverage its technology and global expertise for continuing to innovate the best possible product experience for all our drivers and riders.''
Uber is also helping its driver-partners by providing cleaning supplies and protective equipment. This includes face masks, hand sanitizers, and medical-grade vehicle disinfectants to drivers across all product categories.
On a global scale, the company has purchased safety supplies worth $50 million. For India alone, Uber has sourced more than 3 million face masks, 1.2 million shower caps for Moto riders, 200,000 bottles of disinfectants, and 200,000 bottles of sanitizers for free distribution.
Other safety initiatives by Uber include a Go Online Checklist, mask verification selfies for drivers before starting the trip, mandatory driver education around Covid-19 related safety protocols, and an updated cancellation policy, where both customers and drivers can cancel trips if they feel unsafe.
Thoughts About Uber To Install 20,000 Protective Screens For Cabs In India
The chances of the deadly virus spreading while offering ride-hailing services are more. Asa a result, Uber has taken various initiatives to avoid the spread and ensure the safekeeping of its customers and driver-partners. It has tied up with various airports to sanitise cabs before every trip.