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FAQs

Why are we doing this?

Over the years, we’ve learned a lot about the future of urban mobility and what it means for cities and the people who live in them. We’ve gotten consistent feedback from cities we partner with that access to our aggregated data will inform decisions about how to adapt existing infrastructure and invest in future solutions to make our cities more efficient. We hope Uber Movement can play a role in helping cities grow in a way that works for everyone.

How is Uber Movement preserving the privacy of Uber riders and drivers?

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.

For in-depth details of how we're ensuring this for Travel Times, read our methodology whitepaper below. All data shared through Movement adheres to Uber’s privacy policy. At no point will Movement provide a means for partners to access individual user details in any way, shape or form.

Download our methodology whitepaper (pdf)
Can my organization partner with Uber for research or product feedback?

We’re continually iterating on Movement in collaboration with government experts, transportation professionals, and academic organizations around the globe. We’re always interested in discussing research opportunities and soliciting feedback.

What do I need to do to access the tool?

Simply sign in with an email address used for an Uber account, and you’ll have free access to the tool in all cities it’s currently available.

For products in beta, please reach out to movement-research@uber.com. Please note: the new mobility portal is only available for city officials.

What are the licensing terms?

Travel Times insights are available under the Creative Commons, Attribution Non-Commercial license. Speeds is currently in beta, but will be available in coming months. Some products, such as the new mobility portal, are available for city officials on a case by case basis.

Is this data available for commercial purposes?

No; travel-times and speeds data is available under a Creative Commons, Attribution Non-Commercial license. The new mobility portal is only available to city officials on a case by case basis. Contact movement-research@uber.com if you have any questions regarding your specific case.

What format is the data download available in?

Travel time and speeds data is downloadable in machine readable format. Where permitted, shapefile exports are available for use of Movement data in geospatial applications. If you have a specific geospatial need not handled by the tool, we always welcome feedback to improve the product.

The city I’m interested in isn’t listed. What should I do?

Uber Movement will only work in cities where we operate. Over time, we’ll be expanding to the majority of those cities. If you have a recommendation of where we should roll out to next, we’d welcome your feedback.

How can I cite Movement data in my research or project?

If cited in a paper, the following should be included in your acknowledgements section: “Data retrieved from Uber Movement, (c) 2019 Uber Technologies, Inc., https://movement.uber.com” as well as appropriate attribution according to the Data Provider attribution details available below.

Data Provider Attribution
Can I access the data via an API, or at a level of granularity not available in the tool?

Movement data isn’t available programmatically at this time. If you have a use case requiring time series data at hourly granularity, over a span of time greater than that available in the tool, or similar, there is a possibility we can assist. Please reach out to us via movement-research@uber.com.