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Uber on February 5 launched a data-insights tool, ‘Movement’ in Kolkata to assess the impact of new infrastructure projects, big events and road closures on travel times so policymakers have the appropriate data for improving the city’s mobility patterns.

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Inaugurating the Kolkata leg of the multi-city initiative, Debashis Sen, Chairman HIDCO, NDITA and State Additional Chief Secretary said, “We welcome Uber’s move to share its data in respect of Kolkata for smart solutions to its complex urban transportation problems. I call upon more private and public sector institutions to provide data to create a ‘Data Lake’ from which expert analysts and Artificial Intelligence can discover surprising solutions.”

“In Smart City New Town Kolkata, we have published a draft Data Policy and created a policy framework for all entities to contribute like Uber. We need to harness the power of public-private partnerships for a better future trajectory,” he said.

Ratul Ghosh, Head of East India at Uber, said, “Kolkata is a priority market for us and we are deeply committed to partnering with the city and bringing the benefits of mobility to help build smarter, more efficient cities.”

“We are excited to launch Movement in the city and hope this will encourage urban planners, governments, and experts in transportation to make data-driven decisions and better understand transportation challenges and opportunities unique to Kolkata. We aim to continue playing a key role in solving local mobility challenges and helping shape efficient urban transport in the city,” he added.

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