Uber CEO Travis Kalanick recently gave a TED Talk suggesting that Uber “can cut congestion, pollution and parking by getting more people into fewer cars; and we can do it with the technology that’s in our pockets.” He went on to state that in the United States “we spend 7 billion hours a year, wasted, sitting in traffic. 160 billion dollars in lost productivity…and one-fifth of all of our carbon footprint is spewed out in the air by those cars that we’re sitting in.”
Uber is revolutionizing transportation by making the experience dead simple. Here at DigitalGlobe, we are thrilled to be joining them in that revolution. Today we are announcing a multi-year, global partnership with Uber to supply high resolution satellite imagery. This imagery will help improve the Uber experience for riders and drivers around the world. Specifically Uber will leverage DigitalGlobe’s industry leading constellation of sensors to access imagery and location intelligence to help identify and improve pick-up and drop-off locations.
At DigitalGlobe, we’ve spent the last decade developing advanced technology that scans the Earth with the highest accuracy and resolution in both visible and non-visible wavelengths. This capability gives our customers an unprecedented ability to understand the environment in which they operate, and in turn, to create new and disruptive services that change the way we live. DigitalGlobe is looking forward to partnering with an innovator like Uber to use this transformative technology to improve transportation options for riders and drivers around the world.