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#1 2018-07-09 21:08:34

suneel-kaw
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Uber planning to explore and contribute to OpenStreetMap in Delhi

Uber sees OSM as a valuable tool and uses it in internal models to help determine time + distance estimates for fare calculation and to optimize driver and rider matching. In certain circumstances, we are able to observe that road directionality and turn restrictions are not up-to-date. We plan to explore these issues and, where appropriate, submit updates to correct the issue. We have selected the Delhi NCR region as the first city for this initiative.
We do not plan to make any large-scale, machine-generated edits for this project. All edits will be made by a small team of individuals based in Palo Alto, California, USA. The team will be using the available data sources in the JOSM tool for their corrections and validations. We will share the profiles of our editors on Uber’s OSM page soon. The edits will be made according to the Organized Editing Best Practices and India guidelines. In addition, Uber employees based in Delhi will be able to participate in this project by leveraging their local knowledge to help identify data issues.

For this project, our team will focus on adding and modifying the following OSM features:
1. Turn restriction.
2. Directionality.
3. Road Geometry.

Please feel free to reach out to us with feedback, questions, and suggestions, either directly to me at suneel.kaw@uber.com or at OSM@uber.com.

We are looking forward to this collaboration.

Thanks,
Suneel

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#2 2018-07-10 08:28:02

Jothirnadh
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Re: Uber planning to explore and contribute to OpenStreetMap in Delhi

This is a great initiative, thanks for the update Uber team.

> The team will be using the available data sources in the JOSM tool for their corrections and validations

Can you provide more information on the data sources that are going to be used for this mapping push? All the features mentioned above needs street-level imagery or field survey for confirmation apart from satellite imagery. Are these data sources being derived from your internal data pipeline or your team is going to use any external data sources for mapping these features?

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#3 2018-07-11 04:51:09

parambyte
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Re: Uber planning to explore and contribute to OpenStreetMap in Delhi

Hey Suneel, this is great. Do you have any such plans in Mumbai and Pune?

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#4 2018-07-11 12:43:19

rorym
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Re: Uber planning to explore and contribute to OpenStreetMap in Delhi

Welcome Uber. I look forward to more details. Have you considered becoming a corporate member of the OpenStreetMap Foundation to show your support? ? And/or donatating to the OSMF?

**Update**: I'd also be very interested in your experiences working with OSM data. What's good about it, what's bad, etc?

Last edited by rorym (2018-07-11 14:33:32)

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#5 2018-07-12 16:26:48

aimomap
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Registered: 2018-07-12
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Re: Uber planning to explore and contribute to OpenStreetMap in Delhi

@sunil-kaw, welcome for such efforts. validation process starts from the grond truth. As @rorym recommends, it would be best for all if  uber joins the funding programme. Moreover, why NCR delhi ? And how is it selected ? Is there not osm contributors there ?  Are uber employees are already part of local osm community. ? Using josm tool for validation does not validates everything. May be geometry could be validated, but still directionality and turn restrictions require huge osm labour. To get such high quality graph parameters that might help with ubers ride optimization task. Does this mean uber might use osm data while finding the issue ? Moreover technically and socially OSM is not just a tool, it is both community and tool that makes osm as what it is. Since osm community AFAIK, has started supporting the contributors financially, does ur employees will get it too ? Its nice to have ubers few open source projects. Since u have said that uber already consumes the osm data, I would like to know what kind of operations are being run on the osm data. ???

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