The death of a college student who got into a car she thought was an Uber could spark a crackdown for ride-hailing safety

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  • The kidnapping and killing of University of South Carolina student Samantha Josephson, who mistakenly got into a vehicle she thought was her Uber ride late last month, has set off concerns among ride-hailing app customers.
  • Both men and women are potential victims to robbing or violence by people posing as ride-hailing drivers.
  • Authorities in cities like Chicago are pushing for apps including Uber and Lyft to do more to educate customers and to come up with technological solutions.
  • The South Carolina state legislature is weighing a bill that would require Uber and Lyft drivers to have illuminated signs, a move that could signal what’s to come for further regulation of these services.

CHICAGO (AP) — Whenever Rachel Orden calls for an Uber, the 20-year-old Michigan State University sophomore immediately walks to the back of the vehicle to check the license plate number, then opens the door and waits for the driver to say her name before getting in.

Even then, she devises a backup plan in case she feels uncomfortable.

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