Uber has discussed collaborating with companies which collect driving and travel data for its analysis tool, Uber Movement.
This is according to Uber Movement product manager Jordan Gilbertson.
Uber Movement is a collection of data and software that analyses travel times between points in cities, and is available for free online.
The tool is aimed at urban planners, and Uber recently announced the addition of Johannesburg and Pretoria to Uber Movement.
While the service is currently limited to anonymised aggregate data that Uber collects, Gilbertson said they plan to add to the capabilities of the service.
He said there is an opportunity to incorporate telematics data such as sudden slow-downs caused by bumps and poor road surfaces.
They may also attach sensors to vehicles, and eventually use sensors on autonomous vehicles in a city.
These may include more advanced detectors such as LIDAR, which could help do pedestrian counts.
Gilbertson said Uber has discussed partnering with companies which collect travel data – such as Tracker and Discovery Insure.
“There are several international markets where we’re looking at this,” said Gilbertson.
Uber is also interested in partnerships with companies like Google and TomTom, which also collect data on travel times and traffic.
Open data like this is an incredibly powerful tool for city planning and it would be great if everyone would share information that could be used to improve cities, said Gilbertson.
By Jan Vermeulen for MyBroadband