How far Uber will go to boost route accuracy is here with the Singapore launch, make clear how committed it is to mapping the planet. Finally, the ridesharing outfit has started rolling out map cars in Singapore, putting the automobiles on five major continents (sorry Antarctica, you’ll have to wait too long). Here are the details you really need to know.
Uber says they won’t keep imagery from the end points of your trip, and what data they do collect won’t be made public anyway. In other cases, the cartographic cars are really driver rides with mapping tech on top to collect data based on real trips. Privacy, this shouldn’t be an issue with Uber rides and mapping cars.
The company is still a long way off from having comprehensive mapping solution of its own. Outside of North America, it only has mapping hardware in one country per continent. As always, it’s being an important step. As much as Uber depends on Google Maps for its regular mapping situation, it has a strong incentive to collect as much as its own data as possible. At a bottom line, this means maps that reflect the harder-to-pinpoint aspects of routes, such as exact side of a building for a drop-off.
However, Uber isn’t worried about how much this mapping cars will help its self-driving vehicle plans, specially in Singapore, which has embraced autonomous tech relatively quickly. Next, thinking about what Uber invests now could pay tremendous dividends when robotic ridesharing is comprehensive.
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