"Hopefully, our lawsuit will bring about real change so that others are nor needlessly placed in harm's way," said Wigdor, who last month filed a case against Uber accusing it of focusing on profits over the safety of its passengers.
Uber, which had recently introduced enhanced background checks, added two new safety features Wednesday.
The new panic button lets passengers taking a trip immediately contact local police. Users will need to tap the button and confirm the call. The second feature -- Send Status -- replaces Uber's existing "Share My ETA" option. It sends live GPS information along with driver and vehicle details to up to five of the passenger's contacts. Demanding a trial by jury, the Delhi woman's lawsuit filed in a California court seeks a direction to Uber to "remedy the effects of the unlawful conduct" alleged in the complaint, "and to prevent repeated occurrences in the future".
It also seeks an award of unspecified amount of punitive damages to be determined at trial, plus prejudgment interest, to compensate the victim "for all physical, monetary and/or economic harm". The accused driver, Shiv Kumar Yadav, is currently on trial on rape and kidnapping charges in Delhi. Delhi banned Uber and several other web-based taxi firms for failing to carry out adequate driver checks in early December.But last month, Uber announced resumption of its services in Delhi.