"Since then we have moved quickly to do just that by taking responsibility for what happened", Uber's chief legal officer Tony West tole El Reg in a statement. Uber claimed the payment was part of a program that rewards computer researchers for finding bugs.
Khosrowshahi said he wants to make sure all companies are treated equally when it comes to having to charge its customers this increased tax.
Uber is looking to be virtually a one-stop transportation shopping app, saying on Wednesday it will add new services, including car-sharing and train tickets.
"They are a neutral party", said Khosrowshahi.
City officials say the services have benefited from Metro's problems so it's only fair they be a part of the solution. "I Definitely think that make me feel more safe". You can share your driver details with your friends or relatives before your cab arrives and always remember that the cab you are boarding should be a commercial vehicle which means it should have a "Yellow" registration plate. "I do feel like it's going to help just knowing the fact that it's there just in case you feel really unsafe and you can just know that you can do something to make yourself feel safer".
"This represents the beginning of a sustained investment on behalf of Uber into making mass transit and public transit real first-class services", Khanna said.
The changes come after numerous reports of sexual harassment and even rape by drivers. The service will also include integration of transit maps and schedule information in selected cities. Driver Jason Brian Dalton did not have a prior criminal record, police said, meaning standard checks would not have disqualified him from the app. Uber will start doing annual criminal background checks on US drivers and hire a company that constantly monitors criminal arrests as it tries to do a better job of keeping riders safe.
Later this month in San Francisco, the ride-hailing firm will launch Uber Rent in collaboration with Getaround, a peer-to-peer auto sharing service that offers privately owned cars for rent. The ride-hailing giant unveiled an updated version of its driver app in Los Angeles on Tuesday, showing an interface that gives drivers more information and flexibility in how they work their shifts.
Working with the National Emergency Number Association so that 911 calls from the App are immediately directed to the correct call center, speeding up response time.
Uber has been criticized for what regulators have seen as relaxed driver screening standards.