[Tagging] What is a VTC car in OSM ?

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Tue Aug 21 13:55:21 UTC 2018

2018-08-21 14:29 GMT+02:00 Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com>:

> If there are specific parking or resting areas for vehicles that provide a
> kind of service like these, we should craft the definitions carefully and
> see what we need to require in order to be able to identify and distinguish
> the different classes that we want.
> Rather than "what we want" it should be "what exists".
> What is being mapped?
> Places where these vehicles are parked? For what reason are they parked?
> Is it restricted to only these kind of vehicles?
> Or an office where these vehicles are managed?

question was for a place with reserved parking, my question was about the
"these vehicles" part: _which_ vehicles, because as I tried to explain in
my mail, not all vehicle rental with drivers are the same class (what we
want vs. "what exists": classes do not exist without someone creating it,
it is us who decide what kind of class according to what kind of criteria
we create - for mapping in osm). Example: it could be sufficient to have
just one tag (or "class") for all kinds of vehicles (likely not for most of
the OSM mappers though).

Already looking at Uber alone, it is clear they have quite different
divisions which offer different services which will likely fall into
different classes, e.g. Uberpop, UberBlack, Uber-Lux, Uber-SUV, Uber-X,
Uber-XL, UberSelect and Uber-Van. AFAIK Uber-X and UberBlack drivers are
required to hold a transportation license, i.e. they are similar to
traditional rental vehicles with drivers, while other concepts were more
aiming at circumventing regulation (which seems was ultimately not
succesful, in the EU there was a decision to reagrd them as transport
company and not as IT service company, as they had argued, and many
countries have banned their business either as a whole, or significant
parts of it).

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