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Uber launches its free traffic data tool in India

Uber has launched a free tool called ‘Movement’ in India, which uses Uber’s anonymised data from millions of trips in metro cities to help urban planners or authorities or riders to use that data in the urban planning of the cities.

In its statement, Uber said this free tool will help civic authorities like traffic police, researchers, think tanks and policymakers discover ways to apply data to make better infrastructure, urban mobility planning and traffic management decisions.  The company claims this to be first ever comprehensive data sharing exercise of traffic patterns of its scale in India.

Uber aims to help in city authorities in following ways:

-Helping city officials measure the impact of road improvements, major events, and transit lines.
-As a tool for planners and policymakers to analyze transportation patterns, and make smart investments on future infrastructure projects.
-By helping commuters discover patterns and analyze the impact of events, rush hours, and road closures in cities and help optimize travel time

The cab-hailing company has launched this tool in four cities as of now, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. The tool has been launched outside of India as well. Overall, the 12 shortlisted cities for MOVEMENT’s second phase span across 5 continents and 7 countries, namely: Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore Hyderabad, Amsterdam, Brisbane, Cairo, Melbourne, Nairobi, Perth, Pittsburgh, and Toronto.

Uber’s recent developments

A day before, Uber launched its re-designed app for its driver partner with a host of new features and design. The app, which has been launched globally is currently available to select driver partners India, in Kochi and courier partners in Chennai.

In a separate development, Uber said that it will add more transportation options including bikes, car-sharing, and public transportation like buses and trains etc on its app. Note that, Uber recently acquired a bike-sharing startup JUMP to offer dockless or pedal-assist bikes via the app.

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