Ride-hailing app Uber has launched Uber Movement in Johannesburg, a new website to help urban planners, city leaders, third parties and the public to better understand the transportation needs of the city and how best to invest in new infrastructure.
Uber said that three major cities in Gauteng; Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni and Tshwane are part of ‘Uber Movement’ and data has officially been launched and is now available.
Uber Movement shows data from the billions of trips that riders have taken with Uber, aggregated into zones covering the standard boundaries used by urban planners, for example Census Tracts and Traffic Analysis Zones (TAZs).
This will enable them to more effectively evaluate where investments in transportation infrastructure should be made in their cities, Uber said.
“Uber Movement is the next step to connecting further with our cities and having the opportunity to recognise its great transportation needs. With Uber Movement, we are able to further our mission in creating reliable transportation everywhere, for everyone,” said head of public policy Uber South Africa, Yolisa Kani.
Uber has signed an agreement with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa’s central and premier scientific research and development organisation who have agreed to share information and experiences with Uber Movement, it said.
Over time, Uber said it will add more information – for example, automatically detecting potholes and utilizing telematics data.