Uber came under fire last year for gaps in its drivers' insurance coverage after a six-year-old girl was struck and killed by a driver between fares. Now, the company is hoping that a newly announced partnership with usage-based auto insurance provider Metromile will be the solution.

Metromile will offer variably priced, pay-per-mile auto insurance for drivers who use Uber's ride-share platform in California, Illinois, and Washington starting in February. The partnership is intended to address the concerns about gaps between personal auto coverage for Uber drivers, who are independent contractors driving their own vehicles, and Uber's $1 million commercial liability coverage. For the first time, Uber drivers who enroll in the plan will be covered during the times they are driving for personal reasons, as well as when they are waiting to receive requests from riders.

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