Uber will Stop Using Google Maps in Peru

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Uber will start its own mapping of roads and highways in Peru. The system will be implemented before the end of the year.

We had already seen some interesting technology advances during the year. The first one related to medical radiation, and the other one when Nasa used territory in Peru to test growing vegetables without soil. Now it seems to be the time for transportation.

Application services like Google Maps or Waze will no longer be used by Uber in the country. The service announced that it would start its own mapping of roads and highways in Peru to provide a more accurate service.

Digital mapping and GPS technology allow Uber to connect the user with the nearest driver, find the most efficient route and offer an estimated time of arrival to the destination. With its own system, it would be more detailed and accurate.

Uber said that the implementation of the system will be completed before the end of this year. Lima will be the first city that will have the complete mapping of its routes and roads thanks to a combination of different mapping technologies. “Accurate maps are the heart of our service and the backbone of our business,” said Saulo Passos, communications director at Uber for Latin America, “Uber would not exist if digital maps had not been created first.”

The reason for ruling out applications like Google Maps is that, despite being a good starting point, it contains irrelevant information for Uber.

“We need to be able to provide an efficient experience in parts of the world where there are no maps.” With Uber’s route mapping, the application will allow drivers to pick up users who find themselves in complex spaces such as stadiums, shopping malls or airports more accurately and quickly.

Do you think this is an improvement? How often do you use Uber?

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