Uber moves people

To help mend the occasionally rocky relationships between itself and cities, Uber has announced the release of its traffic flow data to city planners and governments as an open source platform. Named “Uber Movement”, the tool will make understanding critical transport hubs and thoroughfares for planners easier then ever before, and potentially influence future infrastructure planning decisions.

Our take

While it will be interesting to see how cities use this untapped source of “Big Data” to shape the neighbourhoods of tomorrow, perhaps the bigger question around this is what will be the impact to the humble daily commute. With the efficiencies and benefits created for mass transit planning, along with the uptake and shift towards a ride sharing economy, Uber continues to challenge the norm of private automotive ownership, and push it towards a new paradigm.

Ryan Varley

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