23 December 2016
Uber has launched the Movement website that gives access to its traffic data and allows planners to study the impact of rush hours, events, road closures, etc.
Uber Movement gives data access from over 450 cities where Uber is available. The website which is open for everyone allows users to understand traffic conditions at a specific time during the day, week or a month. The cab aggregator will invite planning agencies and researchers to access this data in the coming weeks. This will help planners understand commute patterns, and give them a better idea of where to focus resources, improve its roadways or building up public transit.
Movement will be made available to the public for free soon. The service is currently available in cities from Manila to Melbourne to Washington, DC.
“Uber trips occur all over cities, so by analyzing a lot of trips over time, we can reliably estimate how long it takes to get from one area to another,” said Jordan Gilbertson, Product Manager and Andrew Salzberg, Head of Transportation Policy in a blog post.
“This data is anonymized and aggregated into the same types of geographic zones that transportation planners use to evaluate which parts of cities need to be expanded infrastructure, like Census Tracts and Traffic Analysis Zones (TAZs),” Gilbertson and Salzberg said.
Apart from Uber, Google-owned navigation app Waze had also launched a “Connected Citizens” program which gives information in real time about traffic conditions as well as advance notice of construction and road closures.