Uber to share customers' data with Boston to ease congestion
Uber wants to be a traffic data hub for the Hub
Uber, which has been criticized in the past for its "God view" tool that tracks customers, is trying to turn that information into a public relations asset via a data-sharing arrangement with the city of Boston.
Under the deal, the ride-hailing company would provide the city with quarterly reports on the amount of time spent in the cars, the zip codes travled in, and the dates and times of the trips. All the information will be anonymous, according to Uber
Uber says the data will help Boston — and possibly other cities in the future — with traffic planning, reduction of congestion and the impact of disasters and other events on city transportation. The deal marks the first time that Uber has shared such data. Earlier this month, the state of Massachusetts