Uber Movement's traffic data just went public for everyone to view

Uber Movement, the initiative the company launched in the recent past that gives city planners and other related organizations/professionals access to the company's traffic data, has just opened its doors for everyone. Now anyone who creates an account can log into Uber Movements and view the traffic data, doing so for personal projects, academic work, or maybe even just idle curiosity.

Uber Movement was first announced back in January, and it was launched as a beta that provided limited access to the platform. Movement was initially only available to certain organizations who asked for access and was granted it; the data can be used for, among other things, helping cities plan new construction or figure out way to deal with bottlenecks or slow traffic in some places.

Less than a year later, Uber has taken Movement out of beta and made it available for anyone. You need an Uber account to log in — an ordinary rider account will suffice — and the number of cities detailed on the platform is currently limited. A look at the service shows traffic data for Washington DC, Boston, Sydney, Manila and Bogota.

Movement gives users an interactive map that is color-coded for easily visualizing travel times. The travel times are based on a particular location — for Boston, for example, each region's average travel time is presented for traveling downtown by default. Users can enter specific starting and ending zones, though, and also set parameters.

You can, as one example, choose to see the average travel time between two distances as the daily average for every day between two time periods. This data can also be viewed in ready-made charts, and Uber Movement gives the option of downloading the information or sharing it directly.

SOURCE: Uber Movement