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Here’s a fresh reminder how Uber and other gig-economy giants use data to get their way with cities
– Last night, news broke that Uber will share some of its coveted data about traffic patterns and routes with city officials.While the olive branch could be a boon for city planners, it’s not exactly what they were asking asking for—and it reminds us how Silicon Valley companies use their vast troves of data to maintain the upper hand with the cities that regulate them.Case in point: New York City has been asking Uber for driver pickup and drop-off data in order to check how many hours drivers are working. .
Uber is finally releasing a data trove that officials say will make driving better for everyone
– SAN FRANCISCO — The ride-hailing giant Uber is seen as extending an olive branch to cities — in the form of data that transit wonks have coveted for years.The San Francisco-based company shared a vast trove of transportation data Sunday that it said local officials could use to help cut down on commute times and improve traffic flow.The data, on a public website that shows the time it takes to travel between neighborhoods in various cities, are derived from the company’s extensive logs of trips taken by millions of Uber riders each day. .
– Photo by UberUber is known as a secretive company that isn’t keen on divulging its data.It’s had public spats with lawmakers from New York to Seattle to ensure data on its rides isn’t released to the public.But now the ride-hailing company appears to be changing course. .
Uber enlists its riders in Twitter campaign to oppose New York City’s demand for data
– New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s (above) administration is once again doing public battle with ride-sharing giant UberRide-sharing giant Uber is resisting New York City’s demand that it provide drop-off times and locations of its customers.In a hearing on Thursday, Uber said the city was forcing it to compromise personal data and privacy of its users by requiring it to hand over the addresses and times that drivers drop off their clients, Bloomberg News reported.By law, Uber is required to notify the city of pickup times and locations. .
Uber Movement gives the public a glimpse of Uber’s stunning trove of transit data — Quartz
– This summer, Uber completed its two billionth ride.The milestone came just six months after the company tallied trip number 1 billion, a testament to the sheer volume of trips that Uber’s drivers complete each day in more than 450 cities worldwide—and to the incredible collection of transit data it has amassed.This week, Uber is sharing a sliver of that information through a new project, Movement. .