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Ola rolls out the world's first security test in Perth using artificial intelligence



The ride-sharing company Ola has launched a world-first security test in Perth using artificial intelligence to protect passengers.

It comes after a 21-year-old woman was allegedly attacked by a driver last month.

Police charge the 51-year-old ride-share driver indecently touching his young passenger and refusing to drop her out of the car in Northbridge.

Today, Ola revealed a new way to address security here in Perth using artificial intelligence.

"We must continue to work as hard as we can to ensure that people are not only safe, but feel safe," said Ola Smith CEO Simon Smith.

Ola says the company will be able to use GPS technology to tell if a car has stopped too long, or if it is in an unexpected area.

Computers will alert employees, who will then call the driver and passenger.

There are no specific data from the WA Police that describe how many assaults occur in ride-share cars.

But all the services in Perth say they have several security measures in place.

Uber, Didi and Ola all have emergency buttons that connect directly to emergency services.

WA Women's Minister Simone McGurk says people must hold the industry accountable.

"I really want to encourage consumers to look at the products out there and vote with their feet," she said.

If the Perth trial is successful, it will be rolled out across the country.


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