Kolkata Police partner with Uber for better safety
Kolkata: Uber, one of the world's largest on-demand ride-sharing company announced a partnership with Kolkata Police to allow quick access to 'Bondhu', a citizen safety mobile app, through the Uber app. With this initiative, Uber partners with the law enforcement agency to complement the existing safety features on the Uber app. The 'Bondhu' app allows users to connect directly to the Kolkata Police's control room in case of any emergency.
Vineet Kumar Goyal, Additional Commissioner of Police (I), Kolkata Police, said: "Bondhu app has been an integral technological innovation in providing instant help to our citizens in distress across the city. We have now streamlined the process of providing safety via 'Bondhu' app which makes it easier for our citizens rather than to key in the control room number. We welcome this approach of Uber for integrating this app with Uber app to improve reach out so that more people across the city, who are in need of immediate aid during any kind of distress, can use this app."
'Bondhu' will now be accessible to all riders and driver partners in Kolkata in one go. Since its launch in June 22, 2017, around 40,000 people have downloaded the 'Bondhu' app "We take the safety of our riders and drivers very seriously and it is our high priority at Uber. We are thrilled to be associated with the Kolkata Police in this critical mission. The integration of the 'Bondhu' app is a big step towards further strengthening the safety net available to our riders and drivers," said Arpit Mundra, Uber General Manager, Kolkata.
The first phase of this partnership will see Uber developing a permanent in-app access for the 'Bondhu' app, including a link to download it from the app store. The second phase will allow users to directly access the 'Bondhu' app from within the Uber app. The third and final phase will involve an API Integration between both the apps.