TORONTO, April 11, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Every week hundred of thousands of Torontonians use our app to get around their city - whether that's to get to their nearest train or bus stop, home from a late night out or for a trip where they would have otherwise used their personal vehicle.
With millions of GPS-tracked trips comes some fascinating data about how the city moves at different times of the day, week and year.
Until now only Uber has been able to use that information. But we've heard feedback from the cities we operate in that access to some of our aggregated data could help inform transport policy and future investments.
That's why we're today launching Uber Movement in Toronto - a free tool which uses Uber's anonymised data from millions of trips to help urban planners make decisions about their city.
For the first time in Toronto, anybody will be able to compare past travel conditions across different times of day, days of the week, or months of the year. Our tool also allows people to see how journey times in different parts of the city are impacted by things like major events, road closures or infrastructure investment.
"Gridlock in the GTA costs as much as $6 billion annually in lost productivity. By sharing our aggregated and anonymized trip data, Uber can help inform decisions about how to adapt existing infrastructure and invest in future solutions to make our cities more efficient," said Rob Khazzam, General Manager, Uber Canada. "We're committed to deepen how we partner with cities and excited about how urban planners and transportation professionals can use this free resource."
Under Uber's new leadership we want to be a better partner to city planners and regulators, so we hope this data will help give them valuable insights for the future.
If you're interested in working with us on a partnership or research opportunity using Movement data, please contact email@example.com.
About Uber Canada
Co-founded by Calgarian entrepreneur Garrett Camp in 2009, Uber is evolving the way the world moves. Present in over 40 communities in Canada, Uber has revolutionized transportation and offers more than 50,000 Canadian driver-partners a new way to earn income in their spare time by offering an affordable transportation alternative to hundreds of thousands of riders across the country. For more information, visit uber.com.
SOURCE Uber Canada Inc.
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