Taxi hailing app Bolt has up-scaled security and safety features on the platform to improve safety and well-being of passengers, riders and drivers during a Bolt trip.
This comes amid the company’s latest upgrade on its SOS emergency button, embedded with emergency tracking options and improved auto location trailing features for security purposes. Bolt has also included a single tap booking and cancelling feature and re-enforced its 24/7 in-app customer support services to improve customer experience.
The driver SOS button links drivers on Bolt trips with the medical and/or security emergency response team(s) at the tap of a button and is easily accessible from the app’s home screen.
To report an emergency, one will be required to press and hold the SOS button for 3 seconds and select the Yes button to confirm their emergency. This will automatically send a signal to the emergency team who will then reach out to access how best to provide support. Depending on the emergency, security personnel or an ambulance will be dispatched to the location. Bolt will be also notified of the incident and will handle the case as a matter of high priority and urgency.
To further bolster ride safety, Bolt has also strengthened its drivers screening processes and is closely monitoring drivers for criminal offences in real-time, conducting periodic inspection of their vehicles and also providing them with safety training on how to recognize, avoid, or calm potentially violent situations.
Additional safety features such as Share your ETA, where a passenger can share his/her live trip details with emergency contact numbers also ensure safety throughout the lifecycle of the passenger’s journey.