Popular ride sharing app Uber expects to launch a data initiative that provides both real-time and long-term trends in road congestion in Johannesburg later this year. Uber has already begun using its fleet of driver-owned vehicles to map SA’s road network in Cape Town, and will extend the service to urban planners and other entities, such as emergency services, in Johannesburg by around the middle of the year, said Uber SA head of public policy Yolisa Mashilwane. Speaking on Thursday at a Transport Forum seminar at the University of Johannesburg on "servicing the last mile", Mashilwane said the system would allow for longer term trends on congestion to be mapped by time, day, month — or any chosen periods of a year. Uber had yet to formally engage with authorities in Johannesburg, but had implemented sharing of data in other cities using the vehicles as a "network of sensor probes". Uber in SA was also looking to include its open data initiative "Uber Movements", with the company t...

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