Uber has relented against New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) and handed over its data. As a result, it can now open the five Uber dispatch bases that the TLC shut down when Uber refused to comply.
New York City passengers won’t see much of a difference in service. The bases are locations for administrative work, so them being shut down inconvenienced drivers who needed to go for licensing tests and training, not riders. Furthermore, the TLC had decided to block Uber’s request to open a base in Brooklyn until it handed over trip information.
The ride-hailing company publicly announced its decision to offer more data to cities last month, starting with Boston. At the time, it said it would be anonymizing all the data and offering it in aggregate to cities so they can make policy decisions like planning public transit routes.
But the TLC required Uber to include vehicle…
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