Uber adding ‘SOS’ button for Chicago riders

uberUber is adding a safety feature for customers in Chicago—they’ll be able to press a “panic button” as part of the Uber app if they feel threatened by a driver, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

Of course, the very fact that Uber feels compelled to roll out an SOS button isn’t such great news, but the company is trying to ease concerns after two drivers in the city were accused of sexually assaulting passengers in recent months.

The button is expected to be in place within the year, and it follows the rollout of a similar button, for similar reasons, in India earlier this month.

The idea is to allow passengers to alert police quickly if they’re endangered, and it appears that Chicago will be the first US city to have such a feature in place.  More