Uber to tape, listen to audio from riders on trips

Ride-hailing service Uber plans to record audio during rides in the U.S. in order to protect riders.

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The pilot program will officially be launched in Brazil and Mexico in December but will not be available in the U.S. just yet because laws in the U.S. around consent to record varies in each state, Uber said.

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There are 11 states that require two people to consent to a recording. Those states include California, Delaware, Florida, Washington, Nevada and Massachusetts.

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Uber has faced a number of safety issues and allegations concerning some of its drivers physically assaulting and raping passengers. Some of its drivers also have been attacked by passengers.

Uber said the app will be available on phones and will use encrypted technology that can be sent back to Uber in case there is an emergency.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.