Finally acquiescing to dozens of city authority requests, app-based ride sharing service Uber will launch a website, called Movement, detailing Uber routes and transportation data to give more insight into the way Uber moves around a city and might effect that city’s traffic and transportation issues.
Dozens of cities where Uber is in operation will initially be included on the Movement website, with others slowly being added after that. Uber officials are saying the transparency and sharing of data could help improve the flow of traffic in urban areas.
Each Uber car collects and sends high-quality GPS data back and forth, and with so many Uber cars on the street, traffic flow problems can be quickly and easily pointed out. Uber cars will be like millions of individual sets of eyes on the road, collecting and sending relevant data to the website.
From Uber’s blog post announcing the lauch of Movement:
“Uber trips occur all over cities, so by analysing a lot of trips over time, we can reliably estimate how long it takes to get from one area to another. Since Uber is available 24/7, we can compare travel conditions across different times of day, days of the week, or months of the year – and how travel times are impacted by big events, road closures or other things happening in a city.”