The women who were not named told the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office that they were ordering a Uber outside a Hilton Head restaurant on Friday and were greeted by a man driving a dark SUV.
The women knew that the man was not their Uber driver, but they thought they saw a Uber sign on the windshield so they came in.
Passengers, one in the front seat and one in the back, gave the driver the location of their holiday home on the southern end of the island. They did not notice that he was driving north until they ended up on an unknown dirt road and felt there was something wrong.
1 and he grabbed the phone from her hand and stopped the SUV.
All three went out and the man approached the passengers. The woman grabbed her phone back and called 911. The man jumped back into his vehicle and jumped off. Police arrived minutes later.
Police have not found or identified the driver. They don't know if he was a legitimate Uber driver or a driver from a similar carrier.
Uber representative Grant Klinzman questioned what history had to do with the company and quoted a April story about push messages to fight false drivers – an ongoing problem.
In the spring, less than a month after the death of a college in South Carolina that entered a vehicle that she believed was her uber, the state's house passed a bill requiring vehicles with riders in the state to show illuminated signs so passengers can easily recognize their cars' cars.
The Senate approved it a month later, with the extra provision that the drivers also have to show their license plate on the front of their vehicles and those who mistakenly represent themselves as the driving leader become fined or imprisoned. It was signed in law in May and entered into force in June.
Also in June, US Rep. Christopher Smith from New Jersey "Sami & # 39; s Law, named for South Carolina University Students Samantha Josephson – who would set nationwide rules for ride-share drivers requiring illuminated signs of their windshields, front and rear and scannable QR codes on passenger windows.