In an effort to restart its core network car business worldwide, Uber plans to require drivers and passengers to wear masks while using the service in some countries, including the United States,media reported. Executives approved the new policy at a meeting last week and are expected to be in place in the coming weeks, according to a person familiar with the matter.
As part of this policy, Uber is developing a set that will test users if they are wearing masks before they go online and start receiving services. Currently, the company already has face authentication technology — a user identification of drivers as part of Real Time ID-check.
In response, Uber confirmed to CNN Business that it plans to introduce a policy requiring masks in some markets and is developing technology to test drivers for wearing masks.
“As countries reopen, Uber is focused on safety and caution,” Andrew Hasbun, Uber’s head of security communications, said in a statement provided to CNN Business. For now, we continue to ask our passengers to stay at home as much as possible, while delivering safety supplies to drivers who provide vital travel services. At the same time, our team is preparing for the next phase of recovery, and we will all play a role in it. “
Over the course of about six weeks, most Americans were asked to stay at home because of the new corona virus pandemic, which had a disruptive impact on Uber’s core taxi business. Last week, The Information reported that Uber was considering big job cuts. Rival Lyft announced last week that it would lay off nearly 1,000 employees and take hundreds of off-holiday.
Once Uber’s new policy is in place, the company’s drivers and takeaways will be required to wear a mask or some kind of headscarf, regardless of whether they receive a mask from the company. Uber says it is working to provide them to drivers who need them as soon as possible.