Uber develops technology to share the real-time location of riders and drivers with Delhi Police through Himmat app
New Delhi: Delhi Police and Uber have announced a partnership to integrate the Himmat app, which, in case of an emergency will enable Delhi Police Headquarters to receive the real-time location of a driver or a rider so that they can assign a police station to provide potentially life-saving assistance to them.
In Delhi, when an Uber driver or rider uses Uber’s in-app emergency button and if the driver/rider so wishes, Uber can now share their real-time location and other trip details with the Delhi Police Control Room for immediate support.
Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik says “This new integration with enhanced location services and travel information will help save lives. We welcome the use of technology that enables Delhi Police to react more quickly and efficiently during an emergency. With conscious efforts like QR Card distribution among driver partners, we are happy that private partners like Uber are working with us directly in making Delhi safer for all our residents and visitors.”
Commenting on the partnership, Uber Head of Cities – India & South Asia Prabhjeet Singh said, “Every second counts in an emergency and we want to ensure our technology enables our riders and drivers to get immediate assistance when they want it the most. We are proud to assist Delhi Police by integrating this tech that will now help them access the exact location of a rider or driver, in case of an emergency. Our partnership is an absolute game-changer, and law enforcement professionals tell us that this can potentially save lives.”
Uber and Delhi Police distributed over 1,000 Himmat QR Verification Cards to driver partners. Once a rider scans the QR Card, they can access driver partners’ details and vehicle information in the Himmat app, and can report their journey directly to the Delhi Police via the Himmat app.
Uber and Delhi Police will be extending their partnership to expand QR Cards to more drivers on the Uber app along with possible integration of emergency number 112 to the Uber app.