Uber has announced that it will provide insurance cover for all riders for each trip they take on the application. The company partnered with First Assurance Company Limited and the insurance policy took effect on 16th Oct 2017 and continues to be available to all riders using Uber.

Riders using the app will be insured for accidental medical expenses, costs while on hospital confinement, ambulance emergency as well as compensation for death or serious injury suffered by a passenger amongst others while on a trip with Uber.

This announcement follows the company’s rollout of the Real-Time ID check in June this year. The Real-Time ID check feature requires drivers logging on to the app to take a photo (selfie), which is then verified against Uber’s records through advanced facial recognition technology. If a driver fails the test, their account will be temporarily blocked until the issue is resolved.