Now, when Uber drivers take their account profile picture selfie, it becomes their biometric password. The app will randomly ask the driver to take a photo of themselves before they start driving and if the selfie doesn’t match, Uber will block the driver’s account until the ride-sharing company can verify the driver’s profile.
According to an Uber spokesperson, this is a proactive feature to protect Uber drivers and riders to make sure the right person is behind the wheel. Uber driver’s can’t get their non-verified friends to drive for them, for example.
The transportation network company piloted this feature in U.S. and more than 99 percent of the drivers prompted were verified.
Source: Journal de Quebec