Be the most informed person in the room with Newsy's free e-newsletter

View our privacy policy:

Uber Is Tracking Its Drivers' Smartphones To See If They're Speeding

Uber is tracking its drivers' cellphones to fact-check customer complaints, but that move might be used against the company in a lawsuit.

Uber is now tracking its drivers to see if they're speeding or using their phone too often while driving.

The company said in a blog post it's using the gyrometer and GPS in drivers' cellphones to make sure they're being safe.

The last time Uber used GPS to monitor drivers' locations was to make sure contracted workers in China weren't attending protests against its service. (Video via Uber)

But this time, the company says it will only be looking at drivers' data when a rider posts a bad review to see if the complaint was warranted. (Video via Uber)

If it finds the driver was actually speeding or accelerating too quickly, the company will suggest the driver "curb their enthusiasm."

This feature could actually play into a class-action lawsuit Uber drivers filed in San Francisco. They are asking to be recognized as full employees instead of contracted workers, like they are now.

part of the drivers' argument is that because the company enforces performance standards, they should be considered employees and, therefore, eligible for benefits.

Featured Stories
Flowers and candles are placed outside the Reina nightclub in Istanbul.

Suspect In The Istanbul New Year's Eve Nightclub Attack Confesses

Relatives of passengers who were on the missing MH370 flight.

Relatives Of Missing MH370 Passengers Face Suspended Search Efforts

Chris Kattan and Will Ferrell in "A Night at the Roxbury."

When It Comes To Numbers For Women In Film, It Might As Well Be 1998

Want to see more stories like this?
Like Newsy on Facebook for More Tech Coverage