Lyft adding panic button, other precautions to make ridesharing trips

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KGO) -- Lyft is taking action to address concerns about safety during ridesharing trips.

The San Francisco based company is now adding an "in-app" panic button for riders who need to call 911.

It is also adding an enlarged version of a driver's license plate number in the app, to help prevent passengers from getting into the wrong vehicle.

The moves come weeks after authorities say 21-year old Samantha Josephson was killed in South Carolina by a man posing as an Uber driver.
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