Handout image from Uber.

Handout image from Uber.

Uber launches fleet of mapping cars in Metro Vancouver

Vehicles will drive around the region gathering images and data ahead of fall rollout

A popular ride-hailing company wants to get the lay of the land as it gears up to hit the streets of Metro Vancouver by the end of the year.

Uber Canada is launching an urban mapping program this week.

Twenty-five vehicles will travel around the region gathering images and data about things like building entrances and traffic patterns.

The company says the information will allow it to better match customers with drivers, navigate the quickest routes and come up with more accurate timing estimates.

Vancouver has long resisted the arrival of Uber, but B.C.’s previous Liberal government said earlier this year it would work to allow ride-hailing services by December.

Uber operates in 632 cities worldwide using a smartphone app that lets people request rides from drivers who use their own vehicles, and automatically charges rates that reflect up-to-the-minute demand in a given area.

The Canadian Press

Be Among The First To Know

Create a free account today, and start receiving free newsletters.

Sign Up with google Sign Up with facebook

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Reset your password

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

A link has been emailed to you - check your inbox.



Don't have an account? Click here to sign up