Back in September 2016, Uber has announced a new security feature called Real-Time ID Check in United States. Designed around selfies, the feature has now been implemented in Malaysia as well.
What Real-Time ID Check does is that it will Uber drivers from time to time to snap a selfie before accepting a ride request. Powered by Microsoft’s Cognitive Services, the selfie is then compared to the photo that have been saved to the driver’s account previously.
If the selfie didn’t match with the image in record, the driver’s account would be temporarily locked while Uber team take a closer look at the situation. The feature has also been designed to detect movements so that the Uber app will prompt the drivers to pull over before the Real-Time ID Check can begin.
It is also able to detect glasses which drivers would then have to remove it and snap a selfie for verification once again. According to explanations by Uber which are based on the feature’s trial run in US, the Real-Time ID Check should work flawlessly and only takes very little time to complete unless drivers have unclear profile photo.
Well then, you might want to update the photo that you used for your Uber drivers account if you haven’t done so in a long while.