[Imports] GPX imports from Uber

Elliott Plack elliott.plack at gmail.com
Fri Jun 21 02:28:09 UTC 2013

This sounds like a great idea! We all know one or two GPS traces can
be inadequate for detailed mapping, especially in downtown areas where you
cannot see in between buildings on the imagery. Having lots of them would
be really useful.

On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 6:29 PM, Jason Remillard
<remillard.jason at gmail.com>wrote:

> 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.
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/API_v0.6#GPS_traces
> - 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?
> Thanks
> Jason
> 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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