Let Delhi Police track, call you during cab ride via QR code

Let Delhi Police track, call you during cab ride via QR code
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Card holding details of the drivers and the QR code. Pic: Hindustan Times

New Delhi: Now Delhi police can track and call you during a ride in the cab. With a new initiative, cabs in Delhi are being provided with a Quick Response, QR code card, which passengers can scan using Himmat app to inform police about their journey.

The card will be pasted on the back of the driver’s seat, containing his details and photograph along with the QR code. The Himmat app was launched as a safety measure for women by the Delhi Police 2015.

The Passengers who do not have the app or those who don’t have a smartphone can also avail the facility by sending an SMS. The trial run for the project started on Thursday with the QR code being installed in 10 kaali-peeli taxis operating at Delhi airport, reported Hindustan Times.

“The moment a passenger scans the QR code, the details will reach our special control room which has been set up specially for this purpose. The monitoring system will generate an SMS and send it to the passenger’s mobile phone as an alert,” said Sanjay Baniwal, special commissioner of police (airport and modernisation).

He added that passengers can also simply SMS the number of the QR code card to 8130099100. “Our system will revert automatically with an SMS containing all the details of the driver and the vehicle. Simultaneously, our control room will keep tracking the passenger’s journey,” Bhatia said.

During the trials, drivers of 10 taxis have been asked to inform passengers, especially women, to scan the QR code using Himmat app at the time of boarding. Later, the QR code will be put up in around 2,000 kaali-peeli taxis operating from Delhi airport, police said.

Sanjay Bhatia, DCP (airport), under whose supervision the new safety feature has been developed, said this will be followed by three more text messages. The first SMS will ask passengers to confirm if they are safe. If the passengers fail to revert within a few minutes, they will get a call from the control room and the question will be repeated. “The passenger will have to respond to the call otherwise the calls will be made again,” said Bhatia.