In the latest update of its app, Uber Offers Basic Sign Language Tips to Chat With Deaf Drivers. Uber has announced this feature especially for its deaf drivers or those who have hearing problem. Currently this update is available for iOS users only. Android users have to wait a little more to get this feature.
Uber Offers Basic Sign Language Tips to Chat With Deaf Drivers
Riders will see a special card in the Uber feed. Once they tap it, they’ll be taken to a page where they can select the basics, like “Hello” and “Thank You,” or spell out their name. They’ll then be given a GIF with the word(s) in ASL. That way, they can better communicate with their Deaf or Hard of Hearing driver, because signing “Thank You” or “Hello” in ASL can go a long way.
Uber said in a blog post:
We believe in technology’s power to bring people together and create opportunities where they didn’t exist before. It’s why we launched features in 2015 designed with the community of Deaf or Hard of Hearing drivers in mind. And it’s why we’re excited to take another step forward by giving riders the tools needed to connect with drivers who use American Sign Language (ASL).
Currently, this feature is available for Americans as it follows the pattern of the ‘American Sign Language’. But we can expect that Uber will soon introduce this feature for other countries as well.