Uber may not have been much of a boon to the unionised taxi drivers across the world, but its disruptive app-based, 24/7 operation have surely given the company an insight of how traffic works at any given time in any given part of any city it operates in. Armed with this data, Uber has launched Movement, a website that leverages Uber’s data to help urban planners make more informed decisions on improving the city’s infrastructure. The premise is that Uber being an almost omnipresent entity in most cities in the world can analyze the trips Uber cars make and reliably estimate the traffic conditions. Because of its 24/7, 365 days nature of operation, it can compare traffic conditions across different times of the day, days of the week, or months of the year and even how big events, road closures and other things affect travel times. All this data Uber has anonymised and aggregrated into similar geographical zones that most transport planners use to evaluate which part of the city needs infrastructure development. Uber plans to invite planning agencies and researchers to take a look at the data it has gathered and explore zone-to-zone travel times before making it freely… Read full this story
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