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25 Uber cars begin enhanced mapping in Vancouver

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Jenni Sheppard Aug 10, 2017 8:07 am 8,580

If you see an Uber car driving round Metro Vancouver in the next month, don’t get too excited – they can’t give you a ride yet.

Instead, they will be mapping out the city to enhance Uber’s knowledge of ideal pickup and drop-off spots, traffic patterns and building entrance locations.

In a release, Ramit Kar, Uber Western Canada General Manager, said the enhanced mapping was preparation for bringing rideshare to BC.

“We are making this investment now to ensure that we can best serve the people that will rely on Uber to earn and get around their communities,” said Kar.

One of Uber's enhanced mapping cars in Stanley Park (Uber)

One of Uber’s enhanced mapping cars in Stanley Park. (Uber)

Meanwhile, Manik Gupta, Head of Product, Maps at Uber, said mapping is the key technology behind Uber’s ridesharing service.

“Over the past decade mapping innovation has changed our daily life,” said Gupta.

“That progress will only accelerate in the coming years especially with technologies like
self-driving cars.”

Uber and other ridesharing services are still not permitted to operate in Vancouver.

During the recent election, the BC Greens promised to bring it in immediately, and the BC Liberals pledged to bring it in by December.

BC NDP leader initially told Daily Hive in a sit-down interview, “I’m probably not your guy if December is your deadline.”

However, he later changed his mind, saying he would bring in rideshare by the end of 2017.

One of Uber's enhanced mapping cars in Stanley Park (Uber)

One of Uber’s enhanced mapping cars in Stanley Park. (Uber)


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Jenni Sheppard
Jenni is a former Senior Staff Writer at Daily Hive. Happy Vancouverite. Traveller, snowboarder, foodie, film fan, feminist, geek, cheesemaker, curler.

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