Uber India is continuing its ongoing UberSAFE Campaign by partnering with Kolkata Police’s citizen safety mobile app, Bondhu. Customers and drivers can now download the Bondhu app from within the Uber App.
Under the first phase of the partnership, riders and drivers will be able to download the Bondhu app from within the Uber App. The second phase will allow users to directly access the Bondhu app from within the Uber app. The final phase will see an API Integration between both apps.
“We take the safety of our riders and drivers very seriously and is 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, General Manager, Kolkata. “We applaud the efforts taken by the Kolkata Police in adopting technology to provide easy access to law enforcement to the citizens of Kolkata.
The Bondhu (friend) app was launched in June and has been a big success in allowing the public easier access to the Police control room, and has functions such as a panic button in the app that will connect a user to the Kolkata Police’s control room. Within a few seconds of clicking on the panic button, the caller will be automatically connected to the police’s control room. At the same time, a person can tag four persons by providing their phone numbers and they will also be getting alert messages when the panic button in the app is pressed. The app also allows more day to day options such as payig driving fines and reporting certain crimes.
Shri 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 key in the control room number. We welcome this approach of Uber for integrating Bondhu App with Uber App to improve reach so that more people across the city, who are in need of immediate aid during any kind of distress can use this app. We are glad that Uber has taken such a major step in safeguarding the security of all citizens of the city. We look forward towards making this initiatives go a long way.”