Smart Cities covers such a wide range of initiatives so its good to see that the value of Uber Trip data will be accessible to help analyse, visualise and gain new insights on travel between specific points.
Seems an ideal use for the new Location Intelligence platforms like CARTO which can extract the value of this location data. Even more so by joining this Uber Data with other data sources e.g. parking data.
I earlier wrote of the partnership between Parkopedia & Auto Manufacturers to extract value from car navigation systems. Initiatices like this will make it easier for City and Mumicipal Governments to extract the optimal value from data.
While it’s easy to be cynical about Uber’s motives behind Movement, it’s clear that, putting aside opportunities for self-advancement, there’s a lot to be gained by putting a dataset as comprehensive as this into the public domain. It would cost cities an absolute fortune to collect data with this volume, velocity and veracity themselves, so having it available free of charge is likely to drive innovation and change which will benefit all of us in the long-term.