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Uber starts mapping UK city streets

September 16th, 2016 by Mark Daly in Industry News No Comments »
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Uber is collecting street images for its own maps of the UK cities in which it operates, starting with London.

Its mapping cars are being sent out on to the capital’s roads from today.

The firm said while existing maps were “a good starting point” it hoped to be able to identify the best pick-up and drop-off points from its own images.

It said it may “incidentally” collect personal information, such as photos of people and licence plates, but would not be sharing any of the data online.

However, its terms go on to state that it may share its mapping data with numerous third parties including vendors, consultants, marketing partners and law enforcement agencies.

The lift-sharing firm plans to extend its mapping activities to other British cities including Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. It has been carrying out mapping in the US since 2015.

“Existing maps are a good starting point, but some information isn’t that relevant to Uber, like ocean topography. There are other things we need to know a lot more about, like traffic patterns and precise pick-up and drop-off locations,” it said in a blog post.

Copyright: BBC Technology

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