Dying to know Uber’s secrets, data-hungry cities get creative
Wired - 03/08/2018
Not to be denied, many researchers get creative. To determine how many and where ride-hail vehicles were operating in San Francisco in late 2016, savvy Northeastern University data scientists tracked drivers looking for riders by systematically pinging Uber and Lyft APIs every five seconds. From there, the agency extrapolated the vehicles’ movements around the city. Et voila—a comprehensive (if conservative) map of the pickups and drop-offs around town, which Castiglione’s agency can use to shape traffic management policies.