MANILA — Grab Philippines launched on Monday its road safety features which aim to implement various initiatives to ensure safe driving among its drivers to reduce road accidents and prevent crimes.

The ridesharing firm’s "Safer Everyday Tech Roadmap" will be rolling out safety features on its app such as driver fatigue monitoring system, emergency SOS features for drivers, ,driver and passenger validation system as well as data protection.

“I am glad to say we’ve raised the bar for safety standards of the overall transport industry in the region. The Safer Everyday Tech Roadmap represents the next phase in strengthening the safety of the Grab platform,” Tan Hooi Ling, co-founder of Grab, said in a statement.

The driver fatigue monitoring system will provide reminders based on how long a driver has been active without rest in between trips. Drivers will regularly receive reports on their driving patterns such as speeding, acceleration and braking. These will enable drivers to understand how they drive and where they can improve.

The Share My Ride and Emergency SOS features will enable drivers to share their live location with their loved ones.

Driver and passenger authentification as well as stringent background checks which include criminal records and inspections on dormant driver accounts will be conducted for transparency purposes.

Grab will also be enhancing its in-app data privacy center enabling passengers to have more control over personal information for their safety and protection.

The firm will also be coordinating with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to prevent the delivery of packages containing illegal drugs, identify and report timely intelligence information for anti-drug operations and ensure a drug-free workplace in transportation network companies.

PDEA will be leading in the investigation, arrest and filing of drug cases and will be conducting seminars and trainings on drug prevention with the cooperation of LTFRB and Grab.

Grab will hold road safety, anti-carnapping, anti-highway robbery and other anti-criminal seminars and training under the Grab Academy roadmap in partnership with the PNP-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG).

It will also provide PNP-HPG with information related to criminal acts that may happen within the platform. The PNP-HPG will also provide technical support and response in anti-criminal act operations. (PR)