New York (The Verge) — Uber launches a new tool to help cities track average vehicle speeds by street theverge.com/2019/5/14/1862….
Uber is notoriously stingy with its data, often refusing requests from cities for reasons around privacy and the desire to preserve its competitive advantage. That’s changed a little over the last few years with the launch of Uber Movement, an online tool expressly for cities to map travel times, powered by the company’s vast store of trip data. Today, Uber announced an update that would allow cities to track vehicle speeds on a granular, street-by-street level.
Today, Uber announced an update that would allow cities to track vehicle speeds on a granular, street-by-street level.
This new tool “provides historical aggregated speed data along street segments for select metropolitan areas,” the company’s website says. Those cities include New York City, Seattle, Cincinnati, Nairobi, and London. The idea is to give city planners and experts a view of the flow of traffic on their streets over time so they can make more informed decisions around traffic management.
The dataset includes speed averages during specific time ranges, days of the week, and times of day. These ranges can be as short as a part of one day or as long as three months. You can adjust the data to only show segments with speeds that fall within a certain value. And you can observe which streets have average speeds significantly lower than the regular free flow of traffic. Alternately, streets with higher than average speeds could be targeted for traffic calming measures. — Andrew J. Hawkins/@verge