[Imports] GPX imports from Uber

Jason Remillard remillard.jason at gmail.com
Thu Jun 20 22:29:39 UTC 2013

Hi Jed,

This Sounds great! We don't get too many bulk GPX imports. I have not done
one myself. Just shooting from hip.

-  Ian Dees does a lot of stuff with GPS data.
- We need to make sure the license of the GPX files is ok for uploading.
- You will need a dedicated OSM account.
- You will probably need to write some scripts to upload the GPX files to
the OSM API server.


- As far as scrubbing them, I assume at the very least you will want to
reset the time stamps so that all your traces start form the same time/day.

- How much data do you have?


On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM, Jed Horne <jed at uber.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> my name is Jed Horne and I am a data scientist with Uber (http://uber.com).
>  My company makes an iPhone app that allows users to make on-demand
> requests for taxis, luxury sedans, and other vehicles.  We currently
> operate in 25+ cities in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
> We have GPS traces going back about three years from our drivers, and I am
> interested in contributing back to the OSM community.  I was planning on
> writing a script to anonymize and clean up our traces and export as GPX
> files (per instructions here
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Recording_GPS_tracks).  However, I am
> very new to OSM contributing and was wondering if there is a set of best
> practices (how much is too much data, how to snip trips for privacy, etc.)
> or if there is someone I could work with directly to ensure that the data I
> give you is both private (for us and our clients/drivers) and useful (to
> the community).
> Specifically, I'm interested in using these traces to identify where we
> might be missing small connector roads or other features that could improve
> the accuracy of routing built on OSRM.  Another potential application would
> be to help identify areas of bad traffic or help improve speed profile
> information - I realize this isn't something currently supported by OSM but
> to the extent our data are useful for new or experimental features or data
> sets I'd like to know how to help out.
> If anyone has direct experience in this area I'm open to thoughts and
> suggestions.  Also, if anyone knows people who I should contact it would be
> awesome if you could make an introduction.  We have a very large volume of
> data that I hope can significantly improve the quality of OSM.
> Best,
> Jed Horne
> Uber Technologies
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