April 12, 2018 / 12:43 PM / 5 months ago

Uber launches new safety features for U.S. riders

April 12 (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc said on Thursday it unveiled new safety features including an emergency button that will connect U.S. riders directly to 911.

The world's largest ride-hailing company said a dedicated "safety center" feature will be available on its app that will include information on driver screening processes, insurance protections and community guidelines.

Riders will also be able to designate up to five friends and family members as trusted contacts and share trip details with them during every ride, Chief Executive Officer Dara Khosrowshahi wrote in a blog post ubr.to/2IKKIdq.

Uber is looking to be virtually a one-stop transportation shopping app, saying on Wednesday it will add new services, including car-sharing and train tickets.

Reporting by Laharee Chatterjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur

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