New Uber Feature Connects You to 911 in an Emergency - NBC4 Washington
National & International News
The day’s top national and international news

New Uber Feature Connects You to 911 in an Emergency

The "call 911" feature in Uber's app also displays your location information, the make and model of the driver's vehicle, and its license plate number

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    New Uber Feature Connects You to 911 in an Emergency
    Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images, File
    A file photo that shows the Uber app.

    Uber unveiled a new security feature Tuesday that allows you to connect directly with a police dispatcher at the tap of a button.

    The "call 911" feature in Uber's app also displays your location information, the make and model of the driver's vehicle, and its license plate number, NBC's "Today" show reported.

    An Uber pilot program in six cities will go further. The ride-hailing company's "call 911" button will automatically send information about the car's location and driver directly to police.

    Cities kicking off the pilot program are: Denver, Charleston, South Carolina; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; Naples, Florida; and Tri-Cities, Tennessee.

    Colorado Man Charged With Five Counts of Murder in Deaths of Wife and Daughters

    [NATL] Colorado Man Charged With Five Counts of Murder in Deaths of Wife and Daughters

    Christopher Lee Watts was charged with five counts of murder Monday for the deaths of his wife Shanann Watts and their two daughters Bella and Celeste. Watts had initially pleaded publicly that his wife and daughters had gone missing. Their bodies were discovered on the property of the oil and natural gas company Watts worked for. The D.A. said that it's "too early" to discuss whether prosecutors would seek the death penalty.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 20, 2018)