As Uber grows, it has invested in products and partnerships that make shared transportation easier, safer, and more efficient for users worldwide from bikes and scooters with the acquisition of JUMP to more deeply integrating into the public transportation with Uber Transit. In addition to our products, our technology teams have released several visualization and data sharing products such as Uber Movement that allows policymakers and city planners to more easily draw insights about the city and make data-driven planning decisions. As part of this continuing work, Uber is honored to join the Urban Computing Foundation, an organization dedicated to accelerating the open development of software that improves urban mobility, transportation, safety, and infrastructure.
As part of Facebook’s long-standing commitment to open standards and the open source community, we have shared data sets and models to help global organizations. We are using our expertise — including a predictive model for mapping electrical grids, disaster maps , and more accurate population density maps — to improve access to this type of technology. Today, we are pleased to announce our participation as a founding member of the new Urban Computing Foundation (UCF).
The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit technology consortium that supports Linux’s growth, standardization, and commercial adoption, today announced a new industry-wide effort to create a common set of software required to “support the cities of tomorrow.” The freshly minted Urban Computing Foundation will offer a forum for developers to build open source tools that connect cities, autonomous vehicles, and smart infrastructure, and that target ongoing challenges in multimodal transportation and civil engineering.
Urban computing, a discipline that connects engineering, analysis, and visualization of data to improve safety, road infrastructure, equitable access to transportation, energy consumption, and traffic congestion in cities, is integral to Uber’s vision for safer, smarter cities. From developing open source data visualization tools like deck.gl, Kepler.gl, and AVS to sharing insights about traffic, speed, and new mobilities through Uber Movement, we are committed to collaborating with partners to improve mobility in urban environments.