Constant changing in traffic patterns has made it difficult for some to get to work on time. Which is why Uber has recently put into effect a new system called Uber Movement. With this, Uber will be able to map traffic patterns for every city to accommodate our increasing population.
Their website includes information about new roads, transit lines, and even major road events of cities. With their insight, Movement will be able to examine rush hours and road closures as well as their impact on the time it takes for a driver to get from point a to point b.
Buzzfeed even recently posted an article explaining that, “In the last year, Uber has launched partnerships with transit agencies across the country to subsidize rides and extend its reach.”
Although it seems fairly recent in the news, surprisingly, Movement has been in the making for over six years, and in that time, they have discovered the path of mobility that will start in 3 cities: Sydney, Australia, Washington, DC, and Manila located as the capital of the Philippines.
Their final goal is to provide information on the infrastructure and framework of cities while protecting the privacy of Uber riders and drivers. Uber claims that all the data collected is reported anonymous and no personal identification is used.
On the Uber Movement website, they stated, “Preserving rider and driver privacy is our #1 priority. All data is anonymized and aggregated to ensure no personally identifiable information or user behavior can be surfaced through the movement tool.”
In the upcoming months, Uber hopes at to give full access to every city that Uber offers its driving services.
Recently, the tech company, Uber had deployed it’s new line of self driving cars to carry passengers hither and thither about the sunny, chic, Pacific city streets. However, according to the Associated Press, Uber has been put on notice and told, or rather ordered, to cease and desist all autonomous car operations within the city by the state of California. This then begs the natural question, why? The reason for this business quashing has to do with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Apparently, Uber had not been aware of the state’s licensing laws and had failed to obtain a permit for the use of automated, self driving cars. The Uber automated, self driving program had found its genesis in Pittsburgh around the beginning of this year. California was the next step in their plan to expand the service even further in an attempt to normalize the practice, naturally a wise business plan. For California, Uber chose to employ the Volvo XC 90 SUV for all of its transportation services.
Curiously, Uber had, prior to the state edict, released a public statement in which the company stated that it did not, in any capacity, wish to pursue the autonomous vehicular permit. This means that Uber was well aware of the fact that they required a permit but had simply decided that they were going to circumnavigate such bothersome legalities. Even after the Department of Motor Vehicles sent a message to the Uber that the company would face sever legal penalties if they did not promptly comply and obtain a permit. Uber, as previously mentioned, ignored the warning and was eventually contacted by the state government itself.
It is rather noteworthy that this is not the first time that Uber has fallen into hot water for its actions. Long before the permit incident occurred, Uber was caught via a roadside video camera illegally passing a red light stop sign. However, it was not determined whether or not the car was one of their self driving models or was piloted by a human employee. However, Uber remains quite upbeat and, one might even say, mischievously satisfied, about the whole affair. In a recent public statement Uber company adviser B. Tusk stated that Uber’s past troubles are often due to the company’s radical innovation and that things inevitably get worked out. It remains to be seen if this shall end up being the case, but one thing is certain, Uber’s future is certainly not going to be boring.
Uber ATC Director, Raffi Kirkoviana tested Uber’s self-driving cars on September 13th, 2016 to collect data involving its advanced technologies and riding experience. It took the Robotic Center at Carneige Mellon University 18 months to research and develop Uber’s latest autonomous technology. A small group of spectators were invited to observe the test drive of 14 Ford Fusions cars stimulated by cameras and radar equipment. The test started at Uber’s Advanced Technologies Campus near Downtown Pittsburgh and extended throughout the city and the Strip District. Kirkoviana shared his experience as a passenger and driver to TechCrunch.
The demostration began by an employee giving Kirkoviana a phone to use to request a ride on the Uber app. When Kirkoviana was positioned in the back seat of the Ford Fusion, he was instructed to select the ready-to-go button on a tablet that displayed a live view surrounding the automobile. He road with an engineer driver and front engineer passenger through Lawrence neighborhood, downtown, Strip District, and over 9th Street Bridge. The drive had good responses and encountered a few struggles when other automobiles were backing up or parked in a lane. The self-driving Ford Fusion also experienced a struggle while positioning on the bridge and approaching a truck.
The engineer driver had to change lanes manually when a big truck was parked in the same lane of the self-driving car and a city worker unexpectedly darted from in front of the truck. The self-driving cars received positive reviews involving its surroundings of stopped transportation, traffic lights and traffic laws. If there was a bus turning or picking up passengers, the Ford Fusion would automatically stop. The Uber’s advanced technology and intelligent software reads the red, blue and yellow traffic lights.
Kirkorian shared his experience driving autonomously back to the Uber Advanced Technologies Campus. He pressed a silver button on the console when a blue light turned-on on the dashboard. The front seat driver is able to return the self-driving back to the control of the driver by pressing a red button, the brake pedal, or accelerator pedal. He had to use the function to avoid a stopped van parked on a lane. After the test drive was over, Kirkorian described the ride as gentle with occasional stops.
Uber is, in a nutshell, a glorified taxi service that allows people to get from point A to point B with easy app finesse. Uber drivers were previously known as independent contractors. This went without saying for a while considering that they drive their own personal vehicles and set their personal schedules, but most recently, this has changed. The wondrous world of Uber has now developed a set of fresh criteria that enables drivers to charge late fees if a customer does not show up on scheduled time. After a $100 million dollar class-action lawsuit settlement, Uber drivers are now seen as employees rather than contractors, and will now receive benefits and reimbursement for expenses. This may initially seem more rigid to current Uber customers, but the new protocol is actually making things a lot more driver-friendly. The overall experience is beneficial to both the driver and customer, creating a clear cut dynamic where there is no room for loopholes or grey areas on either end. There’s a 2 minute window and then you are charged This seems to be a reasonable system that Uber has established. It gives the company more professionalism and offers its customers an equally satisfactory destination experience. This level of organization will enable Uber to become more of a robust, well-respected company. The end goal being easier to reach than they might have originally expected.
Uber is a technological platform that is connecting riders and drivers. It is a communication app that reveals if there are nearby drivers for a rider to use. It has been on the use for some time now, and the platform has improved how people are connected in finding means of travel.
Since its launch, Uber is transforming to incorporate other applications on the app. Most drivers and clients of the platform have been happy with the advancement the application is bringing into the transport sector. It has recently been involved in developing new features that are enhancing safety and addressing the client’s concerns.
In the recent innovations, Uber has included a new feature on the application that is used to track a family member when they board a car. It is improving how families’ peace of mind is being enhanced through the use of technology. The added feature incorporates a Trip Tracker under the Family Profiles in the application.
The combined product will make family members to locate and track their family members whenever they have been picked by the driver. It is more personal that parents with children can determine how their children are traveling once on the cab. Trip Tracker has been discovered to improve the safety to both the drivers and the riders.
Uber is proud to associate itself by using the sophisticated technology as technology advances are being experienced a day in day out. Uber has enabled the application to all users worldwide, and it will answer the security concerns in today’s world.