Technology: Uber to use facial recognition in China to verify driver’s identity

(From Biometric Update)

In an effort to counter fraud, prevent identity theft and ensure the safety of its riders, Uber is launching facial recognition verification for drivers in China.

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Uber is increasing its safety standards by using live face checks via a selfie when drivers sign up as well as for occasional spot checks while the driver is online.

According to a report by The Verge, Uber is increasing its safety standards by using live face checks via a selfie when drivers sign up as well as for occasional spot checks while the driver is online.

“The realtime ID check is a safety feature we are rolling out that helps ensure the driver going online matches the driver account we have on file. This is just another example of features we’re always exploring to improve our safety processes,” Uber told The Verge. If there are any issues with identity verification, the driver’s account will be temporarily deactivated while Uber investigates.

Chinese facial recognition firm Face++ has developed this new feature for Uber and it is expected to be featured in the driver’s app in China next month.

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