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Uber opens up data to urban planners

Cities Today spoke with Andrew Salzberg, Head of Transportation Policy and Research at Uber, about the impact its services can have on city streets and urban planning

How much of an impact has Uber had on employment and congestion in the cities that have introduced the service?

Our goal is to create a new mobility option that’s a convenient alternative to driving your own car. By doing that, we believe we can create a fundamental shift from the prevailing paradigm of private car ownership to one of shared car usage.

But we don’t just want to stop at getting people a ride–we’re deeply invested in technologies that make it easier to share a trip. Shared rides have been a public policy goal for many countries since at least the 1970s, but the share of people carpooling has been declining over time. In the US, the number is now below 10 percent.

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