In January, a Delhi woman sued Uber in US Federal court, claiming the company was at fault for an alleged rape committed by one of its drivers. Now, that lawsuit has been resolved.
The woman had demanding unspecified damages. She also wanted Uber to institute some passenger safeguards in India, including mandatory in-car video cameras.
“Buyer beware – we all know how those horror movies end,” said the lawsuit. The plaintiff also called Uber the “modern day equivalent of electronic hitchhiking.”
Reuters reports that the woman has withdrawn her lawsuit. No word on any settlement.
Following the attack, in which the woman says she was beaten and raped shortly after being picked up by an Uber driver, the service was suspended in New Delhi.
“We are sorry and deeply saddened by what happened over the weekend in New Delhi. Our hearts go out to the victim of this horrible crime. We have been and will continue to do everything in our power to assist the authorities to help bring the perpetrator to justice,” said Uber at the time. “The events of this week have made us reflect on our operations in India and we are immediately undertaking a number of important actions. During this review, we will suspend operations in New Delhi.”
Uber was later reinstated after applying for the required taxi licenses.
A few months later, Uber improved its “SOS” button for Indian passengers. When in a dangerous situation, tapping the SOS button on the app will automatically connect you with the police – and the update allowed it to also automatically send GPS info.