- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

If you drive for Uber, you may want to slow down a bit and take those turns a little less sharply.

The ridesharing service’s app will soon begin using smartphone sensors to monitor the driving habits of its users in some of its major markets, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Beginning Friday, drivers in at least nine U.S. cities including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago will receive a summary of each trip, with varying scores for acceleration and braking, according to The Journal.

The drivers will also get a breakdown map showing where each incident occurred, as well as real-time alerts whenever they exceed the speed limit, The Journal reported.

The app will use cellphone gyroscopes to detect when drivers move their phones, which could help determine if a driver unlawfully used the device while operating the vehicle, such as for texting, The Journal reported.

For their part, rival ridesharing company Lyft isn’t planning on deploying similar technology on their driver app.

“There is a lot of work to be done to make the technology perfect in terms of identifying the events and determining what accurately leads to safer drivers,” Lyft Chief Technology Officer Chris Lambert told The Journal.

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