Uber introduces tool in Toronto to aid urban planners, carsharing system
Uber has launched Uber Movement in Toronto—a free tool that uses Uber's anonymized data 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, according to Uber. The 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."
Those interested in working with Uber on a partnership or research opportunity using Movement data should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also announced was Uber Rent, a carsharing option, powered by Getaround, within the Uber App. Uber Rent will initially roll out in San Francisco and allow customers to instantly find and rent cars shared on Getaround using the Uber app.
"Our mission is to empower people to carshare everywhere, and we're making that possible by providing more people with access to carsharing through the apps they already use," said Sam Zaid, Getaround Founder and CEO. "Most of a person's transportation needs can be met by coupling ridesharing for quick trips with carsharing for trips with multiple stops or longer getaways. It's the perfect combination for people who have chosen to live car-free."
Uber Rent powered by Getaround enables Uber riders to instantly signup, reserve, and unlock cars on the Getaround platform right from the Uber app.
For more information, visit Getaround.com.