Uber launches a new tool to help cities track average vehicle speeds by street

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.
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…

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