'Uber' recently announced that it will integrate the 'AMBER Alert System' into its services. According to recent reports, the Uber network covers nearly 75 percent of the US population. With so many eyes on the road, the service could serve as a valuable tool in the search for missing children.
As part of a partnership with the 'National Center for Missing & Exploited Children,' Uber drivers will now receive AMBER Alerts as soon as they are issued. The alerts will be geographically targeted, meaning drivers who are in the vicinity of a suspected kidnapping will receive a notification via their smartphone. The alerts are used by law enforcement agencies to notify the community when a child goes missing. The idea is that sending the alerts to Uber drivers will help increase the amount of people who are informed about an abduction.
By integrating the AMBER Alert System into its services, Uber hopes to give law enforcement agencies a new tool for recovering missing children.