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Uber to Merge Food-delivery, Rides into Single App: Report

Uber will now automatically draft a text message that includes trip details like the car''s model, license plate, and location so that 911 operators can respond quickly

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In a major overhaul, global ride-hailing Uber has announced it was looking to integrate its ‘Rides’, ‘Eats’ and future options side-by-side into one app, in a bid to create “an operating system for everyday life”.

“Today, we debuted our vision for the next generation of the Uber app: a new way to discover, access and experience the growing number of services available through our platform.

“You’ll now see our Rides, Eats and future options side-by-side, so you can make the best choice for you,” Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO, Uber, said in a statement on Thursday.

According to the cab aggregator, it was currently testing this new app experience in hundreds of US and international cities.

The company also announced a slew of other additions to the Uber app such as verifying the ride by entering a postal index number (PIN).

“To make sure you get in the right car, you’ll now be able to choose to receive a unique four-digit PIN to verbally provide to your driver. The driver will only be able to start your trip in the app once the correct PIN has been entered. We’re also developing new technology that uses ultrasound waves to automatically verify you’re in the right car, no PIN needed,” Khosrowshahi added.

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

Uber riders will now be able to see a ‘Report Safety Incident’ option in their safety toolkit (the blue shield icon) that will let them report a safety issue during their trip.

Its ‘Real-Time ID Check’ has been enhanced and it will not prompt a driver to perform a random series of basic movements-blinking, smiling and/or turning their head-to add another layer of security.

The improved ‘Bike Lane Alerts’ feature will let riders in more than 200 cities around the world will receive an in-app notification when they’re being dropped off near a bike lane by the end of October.

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“We think this reminder will help make sure riders are looking out for cyclists before they open the door, which can improve safety for everyone,” Khosrowshahi noted.

Along with these, the firm also made changes to its ‘Text to 911’ tool which will now have an option to send a text message to 911 in cities and counties that support this technology.

Uber will now automatically draft a text message that includes trip details like the car’s model, license plate, and location so that 911 operators can respond quickly. (IANS)

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Indian Techie Discovers a Bug in Uber, Bags Rs 4.6 Lakh Reward

He has also participated in bug bounties for GitHub, Nokia, Soundcloud, Dropbox and PayPal in the past

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

Ride-hailing giant Uber that recently fixed a hacking bug found by Bengaluru-based cybersecurity researcher Anand Prakash which allowed hackers to log into anyone’s Uber account, and paid him $6,500 (nearly Rs 4.6 lakh) as reward.

The bug was an account-takeover-vulnerability on Uber that allowed attackers to take over any other user’s Uber account, including those of partners and Uber Eats users, inc42 reported.

As per media report, the bug was present in the API request function of the Uber app.

According to Uber, the bug was immediately fixed through the company’s bug bounty programme. It also said that over $2 million was paid to more than 600 researchers around the world, including Indian researchers.

Prakash had earlier removed a bug in Uber, by taking advantage of which anyone could travel for free for a lifetime in an Uber cab.

He started his career as a security engineer in Flipkart in 2014.

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In 2016, he founded AppSecure, a cyber security startup.

Prakash has been featured in the Forbes’ “30 under 30 Asia” list.

In 2015, Facebook awarded him $15,000 as bounty for logging in without an account.

A graduate in computer science from Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai, he also received $5,000 from Uber for booking a free ride and $4,700 from Tinder.

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Prakash has worked with the Bengaluru-based foodtech startup Freshmenu to make their platform secure.

He has also participated in bug bounties for GitHub, Nokia, Soundcloud, Dropbox and PayPal in the past. (IANS)