Uber to introduce new safety features on app

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Saturday, February 7, 2015
Uber protest in India
In this Dec. 7, 2014 file photo, protesters demonstrate outside a Delhi Police headquarters in India after an Uber driver allegedly raped a female passenger. (AP)

Uber responded on Friday to safety concerns from its riders in India.

The San Francisco based ride sharing company says it will launch a panic button in its app for riders to notify police in case of an emergency.

A new safety net feature will also allow users to share trip details and their location with as many as five other people.

In January, a woman in India sued Uber for failing to properly screen its drivers. She claims she was raped.

The new features will be available in India starting next week.