Students are becoming more and more comfortable ordering rides over their cellphones from services like Uber and Lyft. Sadly, sometimes those rides can be dangerous - especially if they get into the wrong car.
Once a ride is ordered, the ride-sharing apps display the driver's name, an image of the driver, the driver's license, and make and model of the car. However, people get distracted and the worst can happen and did happen to 21-year-old college student Samantha Josephson.
Uber announced a feature called "Beacon" more than two years ago that was designed to attach to windshields and change colors so the rider knows which car is picking them up, it has only been released in a limited number of markets... Uber will launch new efforts...(Business Insider)
North Carolina lawmakers are going to finally require a lighted sign for Uber and Lyft drivers:
NEW: NC lawmakers will introduce a bill requiring Ubers and Lyfts to have lighted signs. This comes after the death of USC student Samantha Josephson. Police say she mistakenly got into a vehicle thinking it was her Uber. Rep Bell holding a presser tomorrow #ncpol @wsoctv pic.twitter.com/0gPuMxK8cf— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) April 11, 2019
Please remind your students to be careful. Here are some further suggestions from Uber's "Check Your Ride" site.
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